Tuesday, November 1, 2016

There's No Turning Back!

Jesus was a master crowd thinner.  Jesus attracted massive crowds; crowds modern-day preachers would LOVE to attract. But Jesus did respond to these large crowds by saying, "Wow, Peter, dude--look at all these people following us, isn't this awesome?" Nope, instead, every time the crowds grew really large, Jesus would turn to them and issue a difficult challenge, like, "Whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple" (Luke 14:27). And every time--the crowd would thin--as people said, "Dude, I an't signin' up for that." 

On one occasion like this Jesus turned to the crowd and said, "Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink" (John 6:53-55).  As usual the next verses say that at that moment many turned away and no longer followed Him. A few verses later---Jesus turned to Peter and said (paraphrased) "Dude, are you going to leave too?" 

Peter's answer is KEY for us: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God" (John 6:68-69).  .I.e. There's no turning back; no plan "B"; no other option--Jesus is Lord, King and Savior... period.  As the old Hymn says, "Though none go with me--still I will follow, no turning back... no turning back."

If you happen to be a fan of 80s Hard Rock---I wrote a song inspired by this passage.  You can check it out below.

Thanks for reading... Be blessed.
Brad