Words Of Eternal Life
59 These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum.
60 Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?”
61 When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. 65 And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.”
66 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. 67 Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?”
68 But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 Also, we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
70 Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?” 71 He spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, for it was he who would betray Him, being one of the twelve. (John 6:59-71, NKJV)
6:59-60 Difficult Statements
Those disciples that were following Jesus had a real hard time with the stuff Jesus was preaching. They suddenly had a decision to make. Do I reject it because it is difficult to grasp, to understand, to accept, to listen to? Or do I say, “God is God, and I’m not going to try and conform Him to my way of thinking, I’m going to conform to His way of thinking.”
These are some of the most difficult things in the Bible: the concept of predestination, the Trinity, and the delicate balance of faith and works. Churches are continually being divided over tough issues like these. And people are continually rejecting God because they cannot listen to such difficult concepts. How about you? Do these concepts, ideas, and teachings cause you to stumble? Jesus asks them this very question.
6:61-64 The Words Of Eternal Life
“If your faith can’t handle this,” He says, “Then what’s going to happen when it comes to Me rising from the dead and ascending into heaven? You certainly won’t be able to believe that. But if you accept the things I’m teaching now, and let the Holy Spirit minister them to your hearts, then you will have life.”
The Word of God is life when you don’t harden your heart against it. We read in Hebrews that:
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
Hearing and receiving the Word of God brings you to believe and that results in eternal life. Peter said:
Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, (1 Peter 1:23)
The Word of God is truly living and life-giving. His Words are spirit and life.
6:65-69 Where Else Shall We Go
So many disciples couldn’t handle this – they took off. Jesus turns to the twelve apostles and says, “Well, guys. If you want to leave, now’s a good time. What are you going to do?”
Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also, we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (John 6:68-69)
That’s what it all boils down to: Only Jesus has the words of eternal life. Many will claim to have them: “Kill yourself as the comet flies by to get to heaven!” “Send all your money to me, and I’ll tell God to let you in!” “Empty your mind of everything and you’ll find eternal life in the void!” But only Jesus has the true words of eternal life.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6)
Only Jesus is the Holy One of God with the true words of eternal life.
6:70-71 Peter Or Judas?
There will always be some who see the miracles, hear the teachings, who know Jesus is real, and still reject Him. This morning, who are you? Are you a Simon Peter who says, “You’re the One – I’m following you!” Or are you a Judas, who’s looking to make money and don’t really care about all this stuff about eternal life?