“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” John vi, 68.
Majority of people in the world are blind to God’s works and are deaf to His words. Yet, it has pleased God to reveal His truth concerning Jesus Christ and everlasting life to a minority that is despised and dismissed by today’s ‘cultured’ mockers of religion. How fortunate are those who have obtained divine mercy to see and experience the fountain of eternal life – Jesus Christ!
In the gospels, Jesus’ disciples often appear to be dull witted. They could not grasp the import of Jesus’ parables or deeper teachings. Yet, In John vi, the twelve disciples are portrayed as a privileged minority whose inner eyes got illuminated by a flash of heavenly revelation. Even though Jesus repeatedly claimed that He was the “bread of life” and that He would give eternal life to those whom the Father drew towards Him, the unruly Jewish mob couldn’t make sense of it.
When the offended and confused crowd melted away, Jesus turned to his disciples and gave them leave to desert him. For once, Peter apparently did the right thing at the right time. He spoke up for the Twelve: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” Peter may not have understood what Jesus meant when He offered His flesh and blood as the remedy for death. But he certainly observed Jesus’ heartfelt offer of eternal life and resurrection to those who believed in Him. More than half-a-dozen times, Jesus mentioned eternal life. “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life. I am the bread of life” (v. 47-48).
Jesus’ offer of everlasting life pointed to the future. He promised his followers: “The one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. … I will raise him up at the last day” (cf. v. 37, 40). But what of the present? Is Jesus’ message relevant today, apart from giving us an assurance about life beyond death’s portals? Yes, indeed. Faith in Jesus and an assurance of resurrection/everlasting life prepares us for life in the here and now. When you are ready to meet death, you are indeed ready to live.
When you are at the Fountain of everlasting life, you are totally satisfied and at peace with yourself. You are no longer like a doomed wanderer in a desert in search of water. This must be what Jesus meant when He said, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” The unbelieving mob came to the Fountain of Life and left without taking a drink. Peter and the rest of the Twelve experienced the perfect rest. They did not wish to wander in search of another fountain. “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
Have you known Jesus as the Giver of Everlasting Life? If not, trust Him now. Have you, after knowing Him, slipped away from Him in search of broken and empty wells? Do not waste another moment. Return to the Cross where He offered his flesh and blood to purchase life eternal for you. Derive your nourishment from the blessed Lamb of God. Find your rest in Him.