Lord, to whom can we go?

Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:68-70a)

This is a powerful story, and I cannot give it justice. Jesus declares that he is the bread of life, and unless a person eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, there is no life in him or her. Many disciples are puzzled and maybe even disgusted, and they begin to leave him. Jesus turns to his inner twelve and plaintively asks whether they, too,wish to leave him. Simon Peter gives the best reply of his life: “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

I once almost gave up on being a Christian (well, more than once, but I am thinking of a particular time). Peter’s “Lord, to whom can we go?” reminded me that, all the broken trappings of a deeply dysfunctional church aside, Jesus is the only one I feel I can turn to; there is no other one who has the words of eternal life.

About Will Fitzgerald

I work on recommendation systems and lexical resources for Wordnik.

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