WHEN WE SAY "YES"
In spiritual things and our journey with the Lord, there are moments where we must make very important decisions that affect the rest of our lives. We never forget these moments.
Many of these moments happened during the three and a half years the disciples walk with Jesus. All of these were produced by statements Jesus directed to the disciples. One of these moments stands out as a very critical decision in John 6. “Jesus said to them, “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 you” (6:53).
For many of the disciples who followed Jesus, this was a very hard statement (6:60). In fact, “After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him” (6:66). Eating His flesh and drinking His blood was a requirement of walking so close to Him in fellowship so that we derive our life from Him. Without that close fellowship with Him, we do not have spiritual life.
As disciples started turning away from Jesus and going their own way, He turned to the twelve and asked them, “Do you want to go away as well?” That is a startling question! He was opening the door for them to leave as well, BUT also challenges them to make a decision and commitment to follow Him in intimate fellowship. Peter gives the right answer; “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (6:68).
Jesus then makes a very important observation: “Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve?” (6:70). Though we must make a choice in whether we follow in fellowship with the Lord, when we do, we discover that He had made a choice long before we did. WHAT A SAVIOR!!
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