December 29, 2020
( Log Out / Of all the traitorous names of history, Benedict Arnold, Quisling, etc., Judas heads the list. I can't continue to be a Christian. God had taught him, and the purpose of his teaching was that he "might learn to speak a word to him that is weary" (Isaiah 50:4b), that he might learn how to talk to the broken, the hurting, the disappointed and the discouraged in life. In these last two verses Jesus exposes him: Jesus answered them, "Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?" These who drew back were unwilling to seek further. Three remarkable things are said here about Judas: First, Jesus admits that he chose him as he did the others. What does it mean to come to Jesus? You want to appear to be a Christian, but you are not. You have the words of eternal life and we have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.â Jesus answered them, âDid I not choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is a devil.â Website © 2020 by Ray Stedman Ministries. You can ask him to teach you and open your eyes and lead you on. If you miss them, if you follow the distortions of the world and think you have adequate wisdom of your own to work out the difficulties of life, you will be so far removed from reality, you will be dealing with such fantasies, such false concepts, that when you lie down at night you will be unable to sleep. Here in this congregation there are probably representatives of these three groups. Many people say, "I don't understand the Trinity. And churches are feeling it too. ( Log Out / I do not fully understand it either, but I believe it, and I understand there is a deep and marvelous truth about it that is very real and very rich. 67"You do not want to leave too, do you?" You have the words of eternal life. He sent them down to the brook and tested them there, until finally only three hundred were left. âThen said Jesus unto the twelve, Will you also go away? It is a prayer, but it is a self-centered prayer, the kind that would be prayed by a contemporary Judas: O thou pleasant, comfortable, kindly, good-natured God, With a reasonable degree of certainty To another ordinary day. A week or so ago, this article from the Atlantic, “The Prophecies of Q”, landed in my Facebook feed. Through personal and private prayer? 63The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. An ELCA Pastor's reflections on life and the church, Because of this [teaching] many of [Jesus’s] disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. You are our bread, broken and shared, Lord, to whom shall we go? This is how we should read this. 69 And we believe â¦ Michael Joncas On Eagle's Wings â 1979 Published by OCP. So God says, Walk by the light of your fire, and by the brands which you have kindled! [John adds] He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the twelve, was to betray him. We, too, Lord, fall into one of these three groups. Heâs a die-hard Chicago Blackhawks fan, a self-proclaimed nerd and geek, gamer, and liberation theologian. They drop out, at least for awhile. The words that I speak to you, these are spirit and life." You have the words of eternal life. Thirdly, John tells us Judas is branded forever as the traitor above all others. You are the ones who will betray Jesus! There was a pause on the line, and then he said to me, "You know I can't do that." You cannot quit. Following ourselves only leads us in a circle, or a spiral toward death. If you have to say, "I belong to the first group, I'm afraid," there is still hope. But how? Trust each other. âTo whom shall we go?â has an answer and that is Jesus. But our Lord is making very clear that these are simply symbols of a deeper reality, and that deeper reality is the content of what he says, the words that he speaks. I’d heard about Q and Qanon because of other things happening in the news, but I don’t give much credence to conspiracy theories, as amusing as some of them are (I’m fond of the theories that NASA is hiding the existence of another planet in the solar system, or that the country of Israel regularly uses animals as spies). John 6:68 English Standard Version (ESV). Grant that nothing may occur which will disturb My satisfaction with the way I am, the things I say, The thoughts I think, the acts I do. Maybe not surprising, but certainly disturbing. Those who continue always feel this way about Jesus. Hermon, where Peter confessed that Jesus was the Christ. You offend people whom we think are important. You alone have the words of lasting life. The twelve came back (Judas was one of them), reporting that they had done all these things. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.â John 6:66-69 Your words, O Lord, are a feast for my soul: your Word is my hope of salvation.2. All of it. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available here. they ask. God's teaching is always to open our eyes to truth. He knows. Here is the first thinning of the ranks in our Lord's ministry. And guide me safely to an from My office, and my home. About the future, and the darkening trend of things, Keep me from thoughtfulness. We don’t get a choice in this — we belong to God alone. 67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? In Chapter 2, he said to the Jews, "Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up again," (John 2:19). We want to make our own choices. You fit the prophecies; you fulfill the predictions. I don't always understand, I can't always figure you out, I don't always like what you do, but Lord, to whom can I go?" In an age where most sources of expert authority–teachers, doctors, scientists, lawyers, religious leaders–are increasingly viewed as anywhere from unreliable to outright evil, figuring out who to trust can be a difficult choice. I do not understand the connection exactly, but evidently there was some connection. Responding to our Lord's words, Peter says three wonderful things: First, he says, in effect, "Lord, we have been thinking about it. Judas stayed with the group; he lived with them, ate and slept with them, and yet was not one of them. After this many of his disciples draw back and no longer went about with him. There are those who will not stay with Jesus all the way. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The centurion like so many since, so many still, know that the power is in God. Yet one of you is a devil!" You embarrass us. You have the words of eternal life." The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? And because the authority of the preacher to name sin for what it is has eroded, the Gospel message is deemed less true and less important than the conspiracy. They know their own failures, their own weaknesses. Your words, O Lord, are â¦ They explain us and they explain life to us. âMaster, to whom shall we go? it is clear that he would have let them go if they had wanted to. But there are some of you who will never leave. This is a turning point in our Lord's ministry, where he confronts the twelve with the question, \"Will you also go away?\" This is a frequent phenomenon in our day also. But Jesus went on to make clear to her that he was talking about the gift of life. Living an Ecumenical Life is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. The Reverend Ken Ranos is pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Indianapolis, IN. We are not the Living Word, the words of eternal life. Jesus concluded his great message on the bread of life in the synagogue at Capernaum on a very offensive note, talking about "eating his flesh" and "drinking his blood." Subject to permissions policy, all rights reserved. But if your heart is like that of Judas, centered in yourself, all you can hear, I am afraid, is the word of Jesus: "There is one who shall betray me.". He never was. I want to say that is not necessarily a totally hopeless situation. When Jesus said to them, "Will you go away also?" (Isaiah 50:11a RSV). Let my conformity to this world's ways Be limited, O God, to things which, While some may question them, Will not, I pray, be positive sin. Hebrews 11:6 says, "He who comes to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him." How can God be one God and yet be three Persons?" Those who focus solely on the symbols of Christianity invariably drop out sooner or later. Sometimes the problem is simply that Jesus asks for everything, and thatâs more than we â¦ You can't quit. You have the words of eternal life. 2. (Isaiah 50:11b RSV). In v.68-69 Peter asked TO WHOM SHALL WE GO, and makes the statement âYou have the words of eternal life. Who can you go to? Jesus knew of the weaknesses in Judas' life, his character failings, etc., and he prayed over him and yet chose him. Unfortunately, it is the translation that makes it sound that way. In Chapter 4, when Jesus said to the woman at the well, "If you knew who it is that is speaking to you, you would ask of me and I would give you water that would spring up unto eternal life," she thought he was talking about plumbing. We are not the Holy One of God, instead the servants and workers. Amen. If you have found Jesus to be like that, where else can you go? You have the words of eternal life. Many were disturbed by his words, and John records their reaction. Qanon is becoming an “alternative religion”, says this Religion News Service article. We pray surely that it may not be the latter. in Religion; and from Trinity Lutheran Seminary with his M.Div. Jesus is the power and love of God for us. Read that way it sounds as though Jesus means, "Are you offended by what I said about eating flesh and drinking blood? Trust Him todayâ¦don't delay. Through mystic, ecstatic revelation? Lord, make us those who love you, who cluster around you, who cling to your words, who are willing to search them out and understand them and obey them and believe that they are the words that give life. Well, that is nothing to the offense you are going to feel when you see me ascending into the heavens." All authority, traditional and made up, is too often considered “equal”. 2 Th 2:15; 3:14; Jude 3 4. Then there are those who cannot leave, no matter what happens. It’s not all that surprising that people are turning to conspiracy theories for meaning. Challenge each other. to whom. "Secondly, Lord, we have seen your character." For you alone have words of eternal life.1. The divine viewpoint on life: That is the real truth; and that is what we ought to be concerned about getting -- feeding upon the promises and observing the warnings of Scripture. Peterâs question, âTo whom shall we go?â was really a statement. Should strong temptation come my way, Help me above all else to be a gentleman Who will not embarrass by word or deed Those who are my companions at the moment of temptation. On one occasion he sent the twelve out before him into the cities of Galilee and gave them power to cast out devils, to heal the sick, and power even to raise the dead. I have every reason to believe that at least some of those who drew back returned again, and that people who forsake the Christian cause because they are not willing to explore deeply into the mysteries of the truth, or they resist obeying what they already know, are not necessarily lost. (John 6:70-71 RSV). Lord, to whom shall we go?1. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Finally, there is one who has never really come but he will not leave and that is the problem. âAnd we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living Godâ (John 6:68â69). I had heard that kind of thing before, so I said to him, "That's a good idea. "What kind of a God do we have who puts us through this kind of a testing?" We are not the Gospel, only its bearers. When Gideon sent out word summoning the men of Israel to battle and thirty-two thousand of them showed up (a fairly sizable army for that day), God told him, "That's too many; I can't work with that many" (Judges 7:1-8), and directed him to send home all the newly married and the cowards. This is the tragedy that befalls many. I'm going to hang it up." All rights reserved. Then God said, "I can work with that many. But Peter was wrong about one thing. For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. That is how our Lord works here in Capernaum, too. This is the problem that Jesus is talking about here: "You do not allow yourself to be drawn along of the Father into more and more truth until you come to the fullness of life." you have the words of eternal life. "â¦To whom shall we go? This is what Peter is saying to Jesus. Amen. You have the words of eternal life," John 6:68, KJV: "Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? We do not want to be a Judas, Lord, who lives only for himself under the guise of Christian faith. Following ourselves only leads us in a circle, or a spiral toward death. Who else can measure up to that? Many struggle over the letters of Paul. They have seen too much, they have heard too much; they have realized who he is. It's too hard. In Chapter 3, when Nicodemus was told by Jesus, "Unless you are born again you cannot see the kingdom of God," Nicodemus looked at him with amazement and said, "How can I be born again? But it’s more than a bit disturbing that Qanon and conspiracies like it are spreading in churches. Instead, that preacher will be accused of being “too political” because the liberating message of the Gospel is at odds with the worldview that espouses such actions as legitimate (yes, all of those are Qanon actions). Simon Peter answered Him, âLord, to whom shall we go? Then what if you were to see the Son of man ascending where he was before? ", 61Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, "Does this offend you? He knew from the beginning who it was that would not believe and who it was that would betray him, thus he says, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father." Thus we read, "After this many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with him." You have the words of eternal life." "You will lie down in torment" -- frustrated in your ambitions and angry that you cannot make things fit together, tormented and tortured because you cannot make life work. At the Mt. But John hastens to explain that Jesus was speaking of the temple of his body, which was symbolized by the building. Many times in the Gospel of John people fail to grasp what Jesus means because they put too much emphasis on the symbols he employs. Some churches, looking for quantity rather than quality, will do almost anything to increase their attendance. Give me this day, in addition to my daily bread, The butter, meats, and sweetmeats That are my necessary diet. This is the testimony of those who walk with him and follow him. John 6:68, ESV: "Simon Peter answered him, âLord, to whom shall we go? You have found too much, you have learned too much of life. He was so much to them. They're quality, not quantity." I said, "I know it. Through reading the Bible together with a group? Keep me today from anything that may tax my faith. You want to use God. You are only out for yourself. When people obey the truth they see, then they will be taught more truth, but Scripture warns that if they resist the truth, then they lose the capacity to see and to hear anymore. You have the words of eternal life; and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God." Quantity does not interest him; it is quality that makes the difference. The words of Jesus are truth about life. 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