God’s Renewing Word of Wisdom
John 6:60-71: Today’s reading concludes the discourse that began with verse 25 (see yesterday’s reading). Jesus is aware that there are those in the crowd who will choose to turn away. Jesus says that God’s Spirit gives life, and Simon Peter affirms that Jesus is the Holy One who has come from God.
The Words of Eternal Life
60 Many of his followers heard this and said, “This teaching is too hard. Who can listen to it?”
61 Without being told, Jesus knew that they were grumbling about this, so he said to them, “Does this make you want to give up? 62 Suppose, then, that you should see the Son of Man go back up to the place where he was before? 63 What gives life is God’s Spirit; human power is of no use at all. The words I have spoken to you bring God’s life-giving Spirit. 64 Yet some of you do not believe.” (Jesus knew from the very beginning who were the ones that would not believe and which one would betray him.) 65 And he added, “This is the very reason I told you that no people can come to me unless the Father makes it possible for them to do so.”
66 Because of this, many of Jesus’ followers turned back and would not go with him any more. 67 So he asked the twelve disciples, “And you—would you also like to leave?”
68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. 69 And now we believe and know that you are the Holy One who has come from God.”
70 Jesus replied, “I chose the twelve of you, didn’t I? Yet one of you is a devil!” 71 He was talking about Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. For Judas, even though he was one of the twelve disciples, was going to betray him.
Today’s Key Verse: John 6:68
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life.”
Why did some of Jesus’s followers turn away (verse 60)? What did Jesus say about God’s Spirit (verse 63)? What did Jesus ask the twelve disciples (verse 67)? What did Simon Peter say (verse 68)? What is your understanding of Peter’s response?
Lord Jesus, I believe and know that you are the Holy One who has come from God. The words you have spoken have brought me God’s life-giving Spirit. I trust in you, knowing that you have the words that give eternal life. Amen.
John 7:1-24: Jesus returns to Galilee and meets with his brothers.