By: Dennis Pierce
Scripture Reading: John 6:66-71
A. Life is like a journey with lots of choices along the way. (Romans 6:4; 8:1; 13:13; Ephesians 2:10; 4:1; 5:2; Colossians 4:5; 1 John 1:7)
B. The greatest decision we will make is to follow Christ. (Acts 10:34-43)
1. Jesus said, “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heaven laden and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
2. He also said, “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God”. (Luke 9:62)
C. This is what happened to many disciples in John 6.
I. The disciples who went back (walked with him no more, vs. 66)
A. They had seen the miracles of Jesus. (6:2, 14)
1. They had seen signs performed on those who were diseased.
2. Thousands were miraculously fed.
3. They believed Jesus to be the prophet.
B. They followed for the wrong reason. (15-34)
1. They would have taken Jesus by force to make him a king.
2. They were seeking Jesus.
3. They were following Jesus for wrong reasons. (vs. 26)
4. Are you following for the wrong reasons?
C. They did not believe the words of Jesus. (vs. 63-64)
1. They had just been told the most important thing they will ever hear.
II. The Twelve (Do you also want to go away? vs. 67)
A. Lord, to whom shall we go? (vs. 68)
1. The rhetorical question was to say there are no reasonable options.
2. But, the twelve did have options.
B. Jesus has the words of eternal life. (vs. 68)
C. The twelve believed and knew who Jesus was. (vs. 69)
III. Unreasonable choices are often made. (vs. 70-71)
A. Jesus chose the twelve.
B. Judas is called a devil.
Will you also go away? Where will you go?
Have you already gone away? Where have you gone?