"Lord, to whom shall we go?"
1. The question: "Lord, to whom shall we go" is recorded in John the sixth chapter.
2. This was a question put forth by Simon Peter.
3. In this lesson, I want us to consider the statements found in John 6:66-69.
I: MANY WERE OFFENDED AT JESUS' TEACHING
A. Jesus had been teaching concerning the fact that He is the bread sent down from Heaven.
B. He had made the point in the text that the father's who ate of the manna in the wilderness are dead but those who eat of the true bread from Heaven will not die (v.58).
C. Obviously, Jesus is not speaking of a physical death as all men will die (Heb. 9:27).
D. Jesus is speaking of an eternal life after this earthly pilgrimage.
E. Jesus once stated: "And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me" (Lk. 7:23).
F. The word offend as used in this passage comes from the Greek word skandalizo which means: "To entrap, i.e. trip up (fig. stumble transitively) or entice to sin, apostasy or displeasure)." Strong's.
G. Many may be displeased with Jesus but such will not be pleasing to God.
H. Many may deny Jesus but such will not make Heaven their eternal home.
I. Matthew 10:32,33
II: MANY TURNED FROM FOLLOWNIG JESUS
A. In verse 66 it is stated: "From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him."
B. Can you imagine this? How could someone turn from following Jesus?
C. Have we been guilty of doing the same?
D. Romans 3:23
E. It was Jesus who stated: "He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad" (Mt. 26:30).
F. In reality, if we are not following His teaching, we are not following Him.
G. It is possible, to begin to follow the Lord and then bring that following to an end.
H. Even when we obey the Gospel of Christ, we turn from following God.
I. Hebrews 3:12 - "Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God."
J. Remember 2 Peter 2:20-22
K. By the way, who are we following?
III: JESUS' ASKED A POINTED QUESTION
A. Jesus then asks the Apostles: "Will ye also go away?" (v. 67)
B. Could it be possible that the Apostles themselves, could turn from the Lord?
C. Absolutely! Remember Judas? Notice verse 71.
D. Can you imagine being among that number and the Lord himself, asking if you would also forsake Him?
IV: PETER'S FIRST REPLY
A. How you respond to the question Jesus asked?
B. Peter said: "Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life" (v. 68)
C. Peter recognized that Jesus offered what no one else could.
D. He recognized the words of Jesus were so far superior than any words man could give.
E. Words of eternal life.
F. We need to understand the same is still true today.
G. Earlier in the chapter, Jesus spoke about himself being the bread from Heaven as stated above.
H. The words of Jesus are powerful.
I. The disciples were made clean through the words Jesus spoke (Jn. 15:3).
J. What Jesus had to offer will do for you what no other man can.
K. God revealed His will to man through His Son (Heb. 1:1,2).
L. That is made known unto us today through the inspired text of the Bible.
M. 2 Timothy 3:16
N. Ephesians 3:3-5
V: PETER'S SECOND REPLY
A. After the first part of Peter's reply he stated further: "And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God" (v. 69).
B. What a confession of faith in Jesus as the Son of God!
C. They believed this fundamental truth.
D. Jesus stated that except we believe that he is the one sent from Heaven we cannot be saved (Jn. 8:24).
E. Not only that, we must be willing to confess that faith before others.
F. Matthew 10:32,33
G. Acts 8:37
H. Romans 10:10
I. Not only did Peter state they believed but that they were sure is the Christ.
J. How could they be so sure? Ever think about that?
K. They were sure as a result of the teaching and miracles which Jesus did.
L. The miracles which Jesus did showed forth that He is who He said He is.
M. John 20:30,31
1. Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God?
2. Are you willing to live as he has instructed?
3. Why not become a Christian today?
4. You do that by:
A. Hearing (Ro. 10:17)
B. Believing (Jn. 8:24)
C. Repenting (Lk. 13:3)
D. Confessing (Mt. 10:32,33)
E. Baptized (Ac. 2:38)