John 6:63 – “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.”
As a Rabbi, Jesus had acquired many followers, or disciples, in addition to the twelve that he had chosen. After He had spoken in the synagogue, regarding the Bread of Life, a lot of these men were left feeling very confused because they didn’t understand the symbolic nature of Jesus body and blood. Seeing Jesus as simply a great teacher or, indeed for some, a prophet of God, they still only recognized him as the son of Joseph. They were disturbed about his references to his Father and that he himself had come down as bread from heaven. They grumbled among themselves asking who could possibly listen to this kind of talk?
Jesus asked them if they were offended by what he said and what they heard. He tries to change their perception of a literal interpretation of his words to a spiritual one. It was still too much for some and after this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him (v66). Jesus is looking for those who truly believe in who he is so he turns to the twelve and asks, “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.”
Following Jesus is a personal choice, a choice that is made through believing. We either believe that Jesus is the Son of God or we believe that he was just a great teacher/prophet and that belief triggers a decision. Simon Peter recognized his own need and that Jesus was the only one who was offering a different kind of life, a different way of living – it was deeper and richer; it took him beyond what he felt physically. His spirit was alive and He knew without a shadow of a doubt that Jesus had awakened him with the words of eternal life.
What do you believe? Has your spirit been awakened? A deeper and richer life awaits – the choice is yours.