“From that time many of [Jesus’] disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.” (John 6: 66-68)
Jesus’s teachings proved difficult for some to understand or to swallow. They found their faith in Jesus wavering and left the path on which they may have started. They returned to what they knew, to the familiar rituals and lifestyle that was less challenging to them and easier to grasp.
Jesus’s query here to his twelve apostles cited was a valid one. Seeing others turn away, he wanted to know whether these close friends and followers would do the same. Simon Peter must surely have voiced what all twelve were feeling: They did not have a choice. They must stay with Jesus.
And this decision was not one simply of loyalty. They had heard and felt the words of eternal life that Jesus spoke of and demonstrated. The compelling reality of being that they had been witnessing was not something they could forget or pretend they had never known. For how can one go back to the familiar when the Truth has been so profoundly revealed?
The apostles couldn’t give up what they had seen, and neither can we. There may be paths that seem easier, but are they, really? A simple way without any light is still difficult. And when the grand Truth is glimpsed, how can we return to the lesser and limited?
Will we go away, leave behind the influence of Love and its promise? No! Where would we go?
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