To Whom Would We Go
By Dennis Huebshman
Jesus had just fed a crowd of over 5000 people with five barley loaves and two fish (John 6:5-13). Later, the crowd looked for Him in Capernaum, and He told them that they only were looking for food that perishes; but they needed to seek the “food” that would last for all eternity. Some in the crowd spoke of the manna that God gave the Israelites in the wilderness, but Jesus said they needed the “bread of life” that only He could provide through the Father. In John 6:35, “Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; whoever comes to Me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst.” In verse 47, He said, “Truly, Truly I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.” He goes on to say that whoever “eats His flesh, and drinks His blood” would have eternal life. (emphasis mine)
Needless to say, there was grumbling and comments made about literally eating His flesh and drinking His blood. They did not realize He was talking of a “Spiritual” food of the “true word” which gives eternal life for those who would accept it. After this, the crowd departed, and many of His disciples turned away from Him, and would not follow Him further.
Then, in John 6:67-69, “So Jesus said to the twelve, Do you want to go away as well? (68) Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, (69) and we have believed, and have come to know, that You are the Holy One of God.”
The twelve, including Judas, stayed with Him until the time of His arrest and crucifixion. Just prior to His arrest, Jesus told His disciples they would all fall away from Him, and be scattered until after His resurrection. (Matthew 26:31) It should be noted that even though Peter denied Him, and ten others fled, they all repented after His resurrection, and were forgiven. Judas, even though he hung himself in shame, never repented of his great sin. I believe that if he had, Jesus would’ve forgiven him as well. In a commentary on the internet by John MacArthur, he said Judas felt remorse, but did not truly repent. He stated that Judas was a willing participant in satan’s evil plan, and even though he was with Jesus for about 3 years, he never really formed a spiritual relationship with Him. (Grace to you ministry)
All that happened during Jesus’ time, is still taking place today. There are those who hear the word, believe the word, know Jesus is the only way to eternal life (John 14:6), and call out to confess their sins and ask His forgiveness. (Romans 10:9-13) They thrive to get closer to the Savior through the written word, and through regular prayer. They realize the “things of this world” will all pass away. These are those who realize that while they’re on this earth, they all fall short and will slip and sin; however, sin is not their regular lifestyle. They will seek and receive forgiveness when they fall as given in 1 John 1:8-10. Also, per 1 Corinthians 3:16, “Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” They understand this is a gift given willingly by the grace of our Savior, and through the mercy of the Father.
On the other hand, there are those who know about Jesus, but prefer to put all their efforts into the things of this earth. Some have heard, but do not believe He is actually the Son of God, and by extension, Is God. (John 10:30) The message of the Lord is foolishness to them. (1 Corinthians 1:18) These people may even regularly attend an evangelical organized church service, but they are there to be entertained, not informed. The “pastors” of some of these churches are actually false prophets, and they are only too happy to supply the “feel good” sermons to keep the people coming back, and contributing to their wealth.
These congregation members love all the fancy stage productions and the 7-11 songs. This is the same 7 words repeated 11 times, and are absolutely non-biblical. The false prophets are saying the abominations of the past are no longer a sin in this modern and enlightened world. There is even one political candidate today, that has announced that if he becomes president, he will take away the tax-exempt status of any church that does not recognize gay marriage. We can no longer trust our government to protect our basic constitutional rights, that were made by mostly “God fearing” men.
A time of judgment is coming to this sin-filled world, and the worst 7-year period of time in all of history will take place. During that Tribulation/Wrath period, people will come to realize the ultimate evil antichrist is one of satan’s followers, and will cry out, “To Whom Would We Go?”. There will be many who turn to Jesus, mainly because of the testimony of the 144,000 mentioned in Revelation 7 and 14. These will be the selected ones from the 12 tribes of Israel, that will keep the word of the Lord going forward. They will be sealed and protected by God. However, their “converts” will be subject to being martyred just for taking the name of Jesus as their Savior. Anyone who accepts the Mark of the beast, will be in willful defiance of God, and will not be forgiven. (Revelation 14:9-11)
To avoid all the trauma of the Wrath of God, right now would be a great time to call on Jesus to be your Savior, and as 1 Thessalonians 1:10 says, “and to wait for His Son from Heaven, whom He raised from the dead, Jesus, who delivers us (all believers) from the wrath to come.” In 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10, “For God has not destined us for Wrath, but to obtain Salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, (10) who died for us so that whether we are awake (alive), or asleep (have died), we might live with Him.”
It’s a choice each individual must make for themselves. To choose Jesus is to get your reservation in to meet Him in the air when He calls for all believers. (1 Thessalonians 4:17) All who call on Him will be saved according to Joel 2:32, Acts 2:21 and Romans 10:13. Remember, when God repeats anything, we should take special notice of that. Here, He has said this three times and from three different authors.
For those who choose this earth, and what it has to offer, they will be accepting satan’s lies over the true word, and will be condemned to the Lake of Fire if they don’t repent. (Revelation 20:11-15)
God is faithful and just, and would never force anyone to accept the gift of Salvation. If He were to force us, it would not be an act of love, and God is the purest form of love ever. (John 3:16-18; Romans 5:8) Even though He would never force us, He gives us the chance to repent and accept His Son, and is patient up to a point. (2 Peter 3:9) However, eventually He has to say “enough”, and our eternity is set.
For those who have died, there are no more chances. The destination of their soul was set at their last breath. It will either be Heaven for those who have chosen the Son; or hell for those who have chosen satan. Those who don’t believe they have made a choice, will learn they chose satan by default if they made no choice at all. We are not guaranteed more time, but we need to make this moment count. When Jesus calls His Church Home in the Rapture, it will be over in less than one second – in the twinkling of an eye. (1 Corinthians 15:52) Call on Jesus today, and let Him know that you realize that He is the One “To Whom We Would Go To.” Your reservation will be “confirmed” at that very second, and your eternity will be more wonderful than we can ever imagine.