After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6:66-69
When life’s hard we can be tempted to run somewhere other than to Jesus for satisfaction. Like the Egyptians when Moses turned the waters of the Nile to blood. They dug along its scrabbly banks in vain searching for something drinkable, rather than turning to God.
When we’re tempted to drink from some temporary cup, we should say where else could I go? Where else will I find the words of eternal life? I’m going to stay right here with Jesus.
Where else can we go? Philosophy doesn’t have the words of eternal life. Dr. Phil doesn’t. Facebook doesn’t. Buddha doesn’t. I haven’t seen Target or Walmart offering eternal life lately. I drank from lots of empty wells in my day. Only Jesus has the soul-quenching words of eternal life.
What we need in the storm or the desert are WORDS – Jesus’ words – everlasting words. We think we need cash, companionship, a job or a cruise, but what we really need are words. We need the promises of him who said heaven and earth will pass away but my words will never pass away.
Jesus has the words of ETERNAL life. All other solutions are field grass that’ll be gone tomorrow. Now that we’ve found Jesus, we’re living for eternity, not this mist called today. We’re storing up treasures that won’t rot or fade. Our fiery trials are momentary and light compared to the eternal weight of glory our sufferings are producing for us in heaven.
When we take Jesus’ words into us, they give us life. They revive us, strengthen us and infuse us with hope. They lift our micro-vision off this world and unveil the panorama of heaven.
Jesus knows how to sustain the weary with a word. If he can uphold the whole universe with his word (Hebrews 1:3), then his word can certainly enliven and rejuvenate and quench our thirsty souls.
So where will you go?
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Mark Altrogge has been senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Indiana, Pennsylvania, since 1982. He has written hundreds of songs for worship, including “I Stand in Awe” and “I’m Forever Grateful.” Mark and his wife, Kristi, have four sons and one daughter.
Find out more on his blog, The Blazing Center.