Blogging Bible Study- John 6

Up to and including this chapter of John, Jesus has been revealing who HE is, and doing miracles; water to wine, healing a lame man, healing a child that was not even present, feeding five thousand with three loaves of bread and two fish (which tells me if you will give HIM all you have no matter how little – HE will do alot with it), walked on the stormy sea.  Then of course there is the woman at the well-talking to a Samartian women, and a town full of people responding postitively to HIM as the result, and a Jewish teacher in the middle of the night asking the way to Heaven…ahhhh and many things not recorded.  Which is bringing me to the verses that have been on my heart from this reading…

Throughout all of these many wonders, a great following began. Some who wanted to know more, some who were looking for a reason to get rid of HIM, and a few who were truly taken in by who HE is, and totally drawn to HIM.  Jesus explains that HE is the bread of life…Jewish leaders and teachers become upset with such a thing. 

59These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum.

60Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this said, “This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?” 61But Jesus, conscious that His disciples grumbled at this, said to them, “Does this cause you to stumble? 62What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before? 63“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. 64“But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him. 65And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.”

 66As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore. 67So Jesus said to the twelve, “You do not want to go away also, do you?” 68Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. 69“We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.” 70Jesus answered them, “Did I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is a devil?” 71Now He meant Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the twelve, was going to betray Him.

I love Peter, he is vunerable, honest, and calls things as he sees it.  Jesus asked him, “do you want to leave me too?”  Peter’s answer, “Where would I go?”  Peter’s life was so changed by this time, and he knew in his heart that this is the son of God, and the words of eternal life are flowing from HIM. I am sure that it was difficult for Peter to understand as well what HE was saying. But that was still his answer. 

Personally, there are days that are hard to follow after HIM, and days when it seems so exhausting, like walking against the wind.  But I thought about Jesus looking at me and saying, “do you want to leave me too?”, and my answer would be the same as Peters “where would I go?”  The past is past, its gone, and the things I know in HIM today do not fit into that lifestyle.  Jesus has become my life, and what my decisions are based on…to walk away is impossible.  HE has shown me so much, and has taught me so much. Today living beyond myself (no matter how many do-overs I need) the only option is to press on, or stop, and moving on is all that makes sense to me. If you honestly taste and see that God is good…walking away isn’t an option…where would you go?

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22 responses to “Blogging Bible Study- John 6

  1. I have often thought like Peter, ‘Where would I go?’ I have followed Christ and his teaching all of my life. Where would i go? What would I do??? He is my life – when I have been disobedient i feel i have failed, and yet He forgives so quickly! I just have to ask. I so want to walk with him and be his disciple!

  2. Papa- I often see myself like a Peter too, and this passage really grabbed me..Where would I go? something so smalll yet speaks volumes to my heart. Love you three days after today and I will be driving your direction!

  3. Once you experience Him there is nowhere else to go. To understand that we were chosen…that reality has settled deep into me recently. I was chosen, to be by His side for eternity..

    It has caused me to step up my walk and purge the things that just are not pleasing to Him. To be a minute without Him is almost to hard to even think about.

    “I am sure that it was difficult for Peter to understand as well what HE was saying. But that was still his answer. ”

    Exactly…thank you for this Darla… I ♥ you!

  4. TheNorEaster

    “The past is past, its gone, and the things I know in HIM today do not fit into that lifestyle…”

    Pastor Lisa was talking about that on Sunday, comparing our transformation in Christ to becoming a responsible parent, and how we just can’t do so many of the things we have wanted to do before we had children.

    But when I read your words, the whole message just hit me that much harder and was just that much clearer: My old life is gone…

    …and for that, I am grateful.

  5. “Where would I go?”

    Peter was asking the One who had the authority to tell them if there was another. There wasn’t… Now fast forward to the cawing of a crow… Jesus at the point of this question from Peter already knew that he would deny him….

  6. CK- fast forward…peter wanted to – all the way to the point of denying HIM three times, but still..Where else was there to go? Peter was visited on the beach and jumped from the boat to meet HIM…there truly was no other place to go…peter found that out. Love you bro, and was thinking I was not going to see those sunglasses anymore…I am delighted to see them!

    Debs- there is nothing else after tasting and seeing! love you

    Nor- me too Bro! everything is forward from here on out..love ya!

  7. Beautiful, Darla!!

    I have no where else to go. When my flesh gets the best of me and I imagine another life, away from the struggles of this one, I’m quickly reminded of the ways of walking in the flesh, of seeking after other things, of desiring something different…it’s not worth it. I do NOT want to forsake what He has given me for something that can never satisfy!!

    Thank you, Princess!! Love you.

    “The children on the bus go “give that back!” “it is mine!!” “I want that!” — The children on the bus go “waa, waa, waa!!” All over town!!!”

    Hope your day was NOTHING like that! 😉

  8. Michelle- had a couple little cuties go waaaa waaaa all around the town..Miss Darla on the bus says..sit down, don’t cry, you are almost there..all around the town! 😆 now I have to do it again…

  9. They are so lucky to have you…if I waaaa will you drive me around???? 😆

  10. I, too, have felt like Peter. I think all of us have at some point.

    Love you!

  11. Coupla things that jump out from just a small bit of Chapter 6 –

    God’s sovereignty in salvation (vv37/44/65), assurance (vv39/44), the Holy Spirit in Salvation (vv44/45/65), Jesus’ church reduction seminar…after some ‘hard’ sayings, most of the crowd that came seeking signs walked away (v66)

    🙂

  12. Dan- they jumped at me too! 😉 its hard to take one chapter and make one post…so we all kind of shoot for the one thing that God was impressing on us…for me it was Peter…I have a slight infatuation with him 😆 he just seems like someone I know, namely me..thanks for commenting… love ya man

  13. Dan- you know what etse hit me about the crowd walking away…
    the verse that says… narrow is the road, and few will find it…what do you think about that?

  14. wow..there are a lot of ways to look at those few words..I think that those who really take the narrow road and find it are those who really count the cost and have ‘given up everything’ (Luke 14:25-33). ALso, hJesus had fed well over 5,000 (with women and children) and after he said some hard things, only a few were left. They had found it, but at the same time, they did not choose Christ, he chose them. Mind boggling. Those that find it ar those chosen by the Father as a gift to the Son.

  15. Dan- I agree…it makes me wonder how many around me that are pulling in different directions if they have actually found the road (or are those given to the son), or are on a different place on the road…mine seems to get more narrow every day…and I really want the to walk the way HE has called me, but I don’t want to be legalistic…just some thoughts I am sorting out tonight..

  16. Walking the narrow row will probably bring the ‘legalistic’ label you way..I can pretty much guarantee it. You will also receive the ‘counsel’ not to be too heavenly minded……..:)

    Just keep walking………

  17. Good morning Darla!

    I sure messed up my last comment’s spelling!

    The enemy loves to tell us (through others or all by himself) we are being legalistic when we don’t ‘join in’ this or that thing or activity, even when we don’t have the desire for ‘it’ any more. The challenge is to ‘walk’ the road He is taking us down and communicate to everyone around us the “I don’t WANT it’ any more” message.

    The enemy will use anyone he can to get you to compromise, even family and friends (Christian ones). You can take that to the bank. I know this one well. Send the message “I REALLY am not into that any more because He changed my heart’s desires” enough times and they will catch on.

    Just a crusty old soldier with ‘war wounds’ talking…..:)

  18. Thanks Dan, what you wrote is how I do move through my life, sometimes people are not happy, but I think my place is just to pray for those who are not happy, and to remember that it is not me who gets rejected, it is Christ in me. I don’t like to sound as if I have figured it all out, but I am pressing on…have a great day…there is a bus waiting for me to return and about 120 kindergarten kids that are waiting for Miss Darla.. LOL

  19. Dan

    I thought as much 🙂

    120? I’m prayig for you……

  20. thanks Dan, I will always take prayer…saying a prayer for you too

  21. Right on Darla…
    Peter’s honesty gets me too…totally transparent. Maybe that’s why he made the first confession of Christ and Jesus used him to found his church. Peter gave the first ‘christian’ sermon in history in the opening of acts.

    Your last paragraph was Peteresque…very cool.

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