From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed Him. “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6: 67-69
When Jesus Christ ascended into heaven to take His place at the right hand of the Father, His Holy Spirit remained with us, to guide and further instruct us in the way.
Some of these lessons are easily digested, and leave us feeling satisfied and happy because we’re reaching deeper levels of understanding. Others are difficult and may cause us to stumble momentarily but, not to worry, we simply dust ourselves off and continue on our journey with Christ.
But what happens when we encounter those lessons that seem brutally hard? When we receive the unexpected spiritual smack-down. When our faith is pushed to the limit and tested beyond what we can bear. What then?
To whom shall we go?
Shall we return with the crowd to our old lives? Our former haunts and habits? Shall we abandon the author and finisher of our faith? Shall we allow Satan to deceive us into thinking we can return and pick up where we left off? Can we, having tasted life, return so easily to death and darkness?
Lord, to whom shall we go?