John 6 – Hope
God, soften my heart to hear from you today as I read from your Scripture. Amen.
Read John 6
66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”
Jesus has just fed 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish. The disciples were astonished. The people were amazed. The next morning when the crowd awoke and realized that Jesus was not there anymore, they hustled to the other side of the sea. When they got to the other side of the sea, they were met with a hard teaching. The crowd did not follow Jesus because of who he is, but because of what he provided for them. So when the crowd heard that Jesus is the bread of heaven and that they have to eat his flesh and drink his blood to have eternal life, many of them left (6:53-58). As he watches many of the people leave, Jesus turns to his disciples and asks the pointed question “Do you want to go away as well?” Peter responds to the question with a question, to whom shall we go? All of their hope was in Jesus.
We are facing difficult and uncertain times. COVID-19 has disrupted everything. Not only is our current situation chaotic with changes to how we normally do everything (school, business, shopping, church, etc.) with no clarity when we will return to normalcy, but also there is uncertainty in what the future holds for many people. When the threat of the virus is diminished what will be the new normal? In this situation where, or whom, are you finding your hope? Is it in data and numbers? Is it in a stimulus package? Is it in a politician? Or is it in Jesus? Where is your hope? To whom are your turning?
Questions to Think Through
-What are you tempted to put your hope in instead of Jesus?
-How does having your hope in Jesus effect how you are handling this situation?
-What did you find interesting about Jesus’ words or actions in John 6?
God, help me to keep my hope in you. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.