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.”
As we read yesterday, many ‘disciples’ of Jesus left him when he gave them a heavy dose of theology. So when the twelve did not leave Jesus asked them if they wanted to leave. I have found that when people want to leave the process of discipleship there is no holding them back. We have tried over and over to draw men and women back into discipleship relationships but they, when they lose heart, are not coming back. So Jesus put the twelve to a test, were they going to leave? Did they want to leave?
Peter, ever the spokesmen, answered for them all when he said, “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.” You see, the twelve had accepted the theology. They knew it to be true. Jesus was the Son of the living God. Partaking of Him was partaking of eternal life. They believed that Jesus was the Messiah come into the world while those who left did not believe this for if they had believed the theology they would not have left.
When people leave the Lord they do so because they doubt who He is or they doubt His attributes in their lives. Those who remain faithful to the Lord do so because they believe the theology of who He is and what He does. When you study Romans 8, for example, you are studying theology. When you have a faith crisis Romans 8 will help you. Peter could not leave the Lord Jesus because he believed that Jesus was who He said He was in every way. Believe with Peter that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God and you too will stay.
Mechanical things drive me nuts. I hate to pay people to do what I can do but when I pay someone to do something and still have to take time to work on it I am double nuts. We paid a shop to work on our home computer. Last night I had to work on it myself. Ugh. As you can tell, it is working today. (No, I don’t want to work on anyone else’s computer.)
I found some papers during Saturday’s work day at the church. The history of this church is rich in supporting missions. They kept careful notes and years of missionary letters. While this church has never gotten big it has sent tens of thousands of dollars around the world in the support of those spreading God’s gospel. I am thankful for this heritage and want to make sure we continue it in the years to come.
Have a great day in the Lord,