Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”
— JOHN 6:68-69
In a growingly secular world, saviours of all kinds continue to abound. While they might not appear to be of a religious kind, in their own way, each of them offers us some kind of salvation. Wholesale stores, car dealers, vacation resorts, diets, exercise, education and social networks all promise to meet our deepest needs if only we will trust in them and give our lives to them.
Of course, they cannot. Each may be able to offer us something, but none of them can meet our deepest needs. There is only One who can provide the kind and the depth of salvation that we need. Even if he did not realize it, this is what Jesus’ disciple, Peter, said. While many of Jesus’ disciples were leaving him, finding his teaching too hard and hoping to find what they wanted in something or someone else, Peter noted that those who had remained with him did so because there are no other options. Peter said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” Peter realized that if they were with Jesus, “the Holy One of God,” they were with the only One who has what they really need—life. To even think about exchanging Jesus for anyone else would be foolishness.
The contemporary world is no different. Each one of us is tempted daily to look to someone other than Jesus to fulfill our needs, yet, we need to remember that Jesus, “the Holy One of God,” is the only One who can meet not only our deepest needs but also all of our needs.
FURTHER SCRIPTURE REFLECTION: JOHN 6:60–69
1. To which contemporary “saviours” am I tempted to give my allegiance? Why do I find that “saviour” particularly tempting?
2. What can/should I do to ensure that my dependence upon Jesus stays primary?
Bernie Van De Walle is a Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Ambrose University and Seminary. Bernie has served in pastoral and elder roles in Alliance congregations and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the C&MA in Canada. His study of A. B. Simpson and The Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Heart of the Gospel, has been translated into Vietnamese and Chinese, with translations into Korean, Spanish and French in the works. Bernie lives in Calgary with his wife, Colleen; they are the proud parents of two great sons, David and Ken.
Image: by Heidi Ansiel ὁράω – To See With the Mind: “John 6:68”