To Whom Shall We Go?

Posted on January 7, 2021

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By David Ettinger

A Heated Exchange
It had been a heated exchange in the synagogue at Capernaum. On one side was a crowd of Jewish Galileans. On the other was Jesus Christ. The crowd argued with every claim the Lord made, and just could not fathom His message. Jesus told them He was “the bread of life” (John 6:48). He followed this up by saying:

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. The one who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day (John 6:53-54).

It was too much for them to accept: “As a result of this many of His disciples left, and would no longer walk with Him” (v. 66). However, Jesus had 12 close associates, 11 of whom would soon become Apostles, and they were nothing like these fair-weather “disciples.”

Jesus turned to the 12 and asked: “You do not want to leave also, do you?” (v. 67). As usual, Peter was the spokesperson: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life” (v. 68).

He spoke for at least 10 of the other 11, and he speaks for multitudes today.

Who to Go To?
Sadly, however, humanity has numerous sources to which they “go” for guidance, leadership, direction, hope, and most importantly – worship. Here in the U.S., as regrettably displayed in our Capitol recently – far too many people made it clear that the one to whom they “go” is President Trump.

Others across this country and throughout the world turn to a vast sea of gods, idols, and heroes. These include celebrities from the sports and entertainment world; politicians; college professors; bosses; TV news talking heads; pastors, rabbis, imams, and other orthodox leaders; philosophies; and false religions.

Here in the States, hordes have set our president on so high a pedestal they forgot he is mortal. But soon there will be a new leader, and though President-elect Biden doesn’t elicit the same level of adulation, what he – and others of the Democrat Party – stands for, will become the “new hope” for millions both here and overseas.

The Democrats – who will soon control the presidency, Senate, and Congress (meaning they’ll have an easy time passing laws) – will be the new “city on a hill” which carries upon its lofty back the aspirations of multitudes.

Therefore, if asked, “To whom shall you go?” these multitudes would gush: “To America’s new administration. We place all of our hopes and dreams on them!”

Of course, the tragedy of everyone who casts their hopes upon the frail and decrepit backs of decaying human flesh will see their expectations crumble once their human gods disillusion them. And those who stake their hopes on human ingenuity will always be disillusioned because human beings can’t help but to fail. After millennia of existence, you would think our race would have figured that out.

Peter Got It Right
No, the only hope for humanity is the God of the Bible, and the Son He sent into the world to save us from our sins, the Lord Jesus Christ. Setting one’s hopes on anything but the Lord Jesus is the most pathetic example of futility imaginable.

Peter got it absolutely right when he said: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.”

This is Truth with a capital T, and the loudest and post passionate “Amen” voiced from human lips is but a whisper of its assent. Nonetheless, believers in the Lord Jesus Christ from the deepest recesses of our souls cry forth the heartiest “Amen” we can muster, affirming that indeed we turn to Jesus Christ – and Him alone – as He possesses not only the words, but the actuality, of eternal life!

May we who have accepted and live by this glorious Truth be found faithful in praying for the multitudes who have no idea where to turn or to whom they shall go.