Scripture: John 6: 60 – 71
Andrew Clark spoke of the reality of trials in our daily lives and the challenge that we face in living on with living faith during those times. Stories from the struggle for racial justice from the USA in the 1950s under Martin Luther King Jr help us see what determined and hope-filled perseverance can achieve.
In the passage we see Jesus offering his disciples the opportunity to walk away if they couldn’t cope with Jesus teaching and the cost of following him, noting that Paul said that the way to resurrection was always through the road to Calvary. Pressing on towards the goal is something for which we need the grace and mercy of God if we are to go on. Yet, we see Peter, upon hearing Jesus challenge, affirm that there is no one else to whom we can turn as we walk through our journey of faith – ‘you have the words of eternal life’ declares Peter to Jesus.
The challenge to us is to recognise that although sorrow may last for a night, joy comes in the morning.
For further study: Visit again the experience of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, reflect on his suffering, the lack of support from his disciples. Ask yourself how you might stand with friends who are experiencing trial. Present your own trials to God too.