- The Response of Regression and Defection
John 6:64-66 (KJV)
(64) “But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. (65) And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. (66) From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.”
These individuals would be known as “fair-weather” followers. They were seeking to get something. They quit when their following brought suffering, giving, and sacrifice were included. There is always a cross to bear when following Jesus.
2. The Response of Rejection and Deterioration
John 6:70-71 (KJV)
(70) “Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? (71) He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.”
Judas became the villain. He was not a true follower.
3. The Response of Resolution and Determination
John 6:67-69 (KJV)
(67) “Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? (68) Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. (69) And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Peter got the message. He was loyal to Christ. Peter says, “We believe.” He speaks for all the disciples. Judas fooled Peter, but He did not fool Jesus.
When looking at the chapter’s beginning and ending, they are different. It started with crowds of people. They wanted Jesus to be their king. When it ends with the Lord asking, “Will you go away?” What is our response? Will we walk with Him, or walk away from Him?