The Israelites were looking for someone to take charge. They had prayed and prayed for a Savior, the Messiah. They knew that this man called Jesus was different, but He did not fit in with their idea of a man who would lead them from the captivity of the Romans. He was different, but was He the one?
Consider the perfect character of Jesus
If we look to the character of Jesus and His principles, we discover a man that had no faults. Even people who have the most to say against Christianity are hard pressed to say anything negative about Jesus. He was persecuted by many, stoned, harassed, humiliated. And through it all, Jesus remained gentle, always giving, flowing with pity for the down-trodden. He never spoke an unkind word about anyone (except the Pharisees). Even Pontious Pilate said, “I find no fault with this man.”
So when Jesus asked his disciples if they were going leave like the crowd that was dissipating, Peter could only answer “to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the holy one of God. Peter had seen a world without Jesus and that reality was too much for him. He faced a great alternative: to stay with the Master or go back to a world of nothingness and pain, to the promises of the Pharisees that had no substance, to an uncertain struggle of being poor and enslaved by a foreign government, go back to the sin of darkness and jealousy, anger of hatred, fear and doubt? He had seen the other side of hope and so he answered “where else would we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
Consider this: to whom can you go when the burden of sin rests heavily you, when you are loaded down and bent to the point of breaking under the strain of it all, who will take away that burden? To whom will you go? Who can release us from the despair of failure and the guilt of the past? How can we change and become better versions of ourselves?
Seeing Through God’s Eyes
Once we become aware of the nature of Christ and turn our eyes to the cross, we begin to see ourselves differently. We see our lives through the eyes of God and know that we need to change. We see the actions and attitudes in our life that are bringing us down. We see the hope of something new, better—perfect.
To whom shall we go for a push to better life? You’ve been trying to change and you know you need help, but we do not have the strength, the power or the ability to change from the inside out. We have had a glimpse of what that life can be. We know that if we stick close to Jesus, we will begin to leave behind all those things that drag us down. Once we have tasted this new life in Christ, the forgiving grace, the truth of our divine inheritance and eternal destiny, sense the power of his guidance and love, indeed, to whom can we go?