John Chapter 6 records the miraculous signs of Jesus but most especially the feeding of the five thousand men besides women and children with 5 loaves of bread and two small fish. After this Jesus requested of the disciples to gather the leftover and they filled 12 baskets.
Jesus noticing the crowd coming after Him left for Capernaum but the crowd search and located Him. The crowd that followed Jesus misunderstood or willfully ignored His purpose. They followed him chiefly for material things but in this case to satisfy themselves with food. Jesus addressed them in verse 26 with the following words “very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill”. Jesus, therefore, began teaching them to sift the crowd from real disciples. They considered the teaching too hard to understand and as such in verse 66 we read “from this time, many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him” One of the things missing in our time has to do with the lack of preachers who are teaching the true word of God. For most people, it is about preaching to satisfy the people so they can be maintained. Our concentration this morning is on the question posed by Jesus and Peter’s response.
Jesus asked the disciples, Will you also go away?
A question Jesus keeps asking us today. Will you also go because?
•your marriage seems to be delaying
•will you also go because that unemployment situation still exist
•will you also go because of that sickness
•will you also go because your business is going down
•will you also go because of that fruit of the womb
•will you also go because you keep failing in that exams
In otherwise, Jesus is asking us this morning, will you also go because your heart desire has not been provided? You will notice from the attitude of the crowd that they were following Jesus solely for material gains and as such if you have turned to other things, we can no longer wait than to quit following you. Ask your neigbour, will you also go away? Why are you following Jesus?
Critically examine Peter’s response to the question. You can look at it in three parts;
1.To whom shall we go: This answer points to the fact that as far as Peter is concerned Jesus is the only answer to the various challenges of this world and as such we have nowhere to go. Peter by this statement demonstrates some high level of trust in the Lord. As far as Peter is concerned, there are no alternatives but those who left considered other alternatives. There are a lot of challenges in this world because of our focus on alternatives. Some marriages are on the verge of collapsing because of alternatives. Peter says to whom we shall go?
2.You have the words of eternal life: To Peter, we are not following you because of our selfish interest but rather because of eternal life. In Mathew 6:33 we read, seek ye first the kingdom of God and its righteousness and all other things shall be added. For some of us, we are rather seeking the other things to the detriment of the Kingdom of God and as such we become confused and ready to move away if our needs are not met. Peter by this statement confirmed the words of Acts 4: 12 which reads, salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Peter is saying that it is not a matter of material things but rather the one to grant us eternal life. If our focus is on eternal life, nothing can move us away from the love of God. Paul came to this conclusion and as such ask in Romans 8:35, what shall separate us from the Love of God. May we have such an answer to the Lord.
3.We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy one of God: This is a personal conviction. Statement of complete trust in the Lord. Look at the two words used by Peter, we have come to believe and know. You must go beyond believing and know that Christ is the only savior of the world. He is the only way to eternal life. Focus on Him and He will never let you down.
Friends in the Lord, human needs are insatiable but I pray that the material possessions of this world never move you away from GOD. The focus is to have eternal life which will be my concentration in my next sermon. After all, Christ is not coming for people with possessions but people who believe and know the Lord.