A Glorious Declaration!

Posted on June 13, 2019

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By David Ettinger

The Background
The teachings of Jesus were difficult to comprehend for his first century Jewish brothers and sisters. In fact, though he was accumulating many followers (most not believers), His teachings were overwhelming them.

So overwhelming were those teachings that, “From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him” (John 6:66). Of course, this came as no surprise to our Lord as “Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him” (6:64).

Jesus’ true concern was those closest to Him, the “Twelve.” He asked them, “You do not want to leave too, do you?” (6:67).

This pointed question led to one of the truly glorious declarations of Scripture, and it was the (soon-to-be) apostle Peter who voiced it: “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” (6:68-69).

Making it Personal
If you have read your Bible consistently for at least several years, you know we often see things in later years that we merely glanced over. For me, this was one of those passages which struck me on an intellectual level, but not on an emotional one, as it should have.

Even as young believers, though we have given our lives to Christ, we find ourselves pulled from all sides by this world’s circumstances. The pressures of making a living, parenthood, and the desire to fit in could well keep us too grounded in the temporal rather than the spiritual.

In contrast to Peter’s glorious declaration we may well find ourselves seeking earthly solutions to our problems and not casting all of our concerns and anxieties upon Jesus (1 Peter 5:7). We may find ourselves too absorbed in impressing our bosses than in honoring our Savior.

I believe the above sums up much of my Christian walk through my 30s and 40s. However, as I entered my 50s and am now in my early 60s, I find myself much more enveloped in my relationship with the Lord Jesus and far more sensitive to His Holy Word.

I find myself reading passages I’ve read 60 times before but for the first time saying out loud, “Yes, Lord, I agree!” This is what occurred when I read John 6:68-69. When I read those familiar words, I felt my soul soaring. Peter’s words from almost 2,000 years ago became fresh to me and resonated within. And I rejoiced when I read them: “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.”

For the first time, this passage has become personal.

Echoing Peter’s Declaration
My tendency is to analyze the passage I write about, but I don’t see a need for it regarding this heartfelt and straightforward declaration. Rather, I just ask the Lord to plant it deep within my soul and keep it firmly rooted.

I pray there will never be a moment when I am tempted to go elsewhere for spiritual or emotional healing, but always to my Lord. I pray that the rest of my days will be filled with the desire to serve wholeheartedly the One who has the words of eternal life. And I pray I will never lose faith in nor disappoint the Holy One of God.

Indeed Lord Jesus, I echo Peter’s glorious declaration: “Lord, to whom shall I go? You have the words of eternal life. I believe and know that you are the Holy One of God” May the name of the Lord be praised!

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