To whom shall we go?George Shamblin
To whom shall we go? I think that’s a question we all must ask right now, considering the tragic shootings in Texas and other areas around the country. If you look around, people are putting their trust in all kinds of entities and institutions, having heated conversations, and trying to win arguments. I’ll be the first to say I don’t pretend to have all the answers. I’m not even going to tell you the Bible gives all the answers we might seek. However, God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit give us themselves to carry us through moments like this.
Do you know the Bible tells us Jesus was tempted like us in every way, yet without sin? In other words, when we grieve, when we are sorrowful, Jesus can relate. So, Who better to go to during this suffering than Jesus?
As Christ gets closer to the cross, it’s almost like a shadow is setting in on his life. Those nearest Him start walking away; the scriptures tell us,
“All of us, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way, but the LORD has caused the wrongdoing of us all to fall on Him.” Isaiah 53:6
At the height of His ministry, Jesus had an estimated following of 15,000 people. But the closer He got on the road of suffering to Calvary, the multitudes started dropping away. At one point, only 12 individuals remained. So Jesus asked, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” John 6:67–68
Christ doesn’t tell him everything about every situation and how to handle it. But He gave of Himself and revealed Himself. Peter had to get to the point of saying, that’s sufficient. That is enough.
It reminds me of a story from the devastating fires at Yellowstone National Park in 1988. An estimated 36% of the Park was scorched. As one Park Ranger walked to survey the damage, he tripped over the charred remains of a bird. And when he tripped over it, it was obviously a mama bird because her little chicks scurried out from underneath her to safety as soon as he looked down. Instead of flying off, that brave mama bird gave her life to protect her little chicks from the fire. Jesus did the exact same thing for us.