After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” —John 6:66–69 (ESV)
Throughout His ministry, Jesus makes it pretty clear that He isn’t trying to win a popularity contest. He spoke difficult things, ruffled feathers, and made no bones about what it would take to follow Him. Now, he was full of compassion, spent time with outcasts, and gave his life for the world, the undeserving! But He was also a straightshooter, unwavering in the truth, even it when it cost him followers.
In this passage in John, we learn that many of those who were following stopped. So Jesus asks the twelve whether they want to leave, too. Peter’s answer says it all: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” Where else could we possibly go? Peter recognized the source of truth, the words of eternal life that he had found in Jesus. Easy or not, where else could they go? Who else could they possibly follow?
When the going gets tough, is your attitude like that of Peter? Do you recognize the treasure you have in Jesus Christ? Peter wasn’t perfect—we remember his betrayal and restoration not long after this. And neither will we be perfect in our relationship with the Lord. But let us strive to commit and follow Jesus through thick and thin.