Why They Stayed

What the crowds wanted

It was a low point in Jesus’ ministry. After He fed thousands with only five loaves and two fish, they tried to make Him king, but not the kind Jesus came to be (John 6:14-15; 18:36).

They returned the next day, wanting another meal. Jesus offered them something far better: eternal life.

When they realized Jesus wasn’t playing their game, many walked away.

What Peter knew

Jesus asked His disciples if they too wanted to leave.

“Lord,” said Peter, “to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God” (John 6:68).

The crowds had their reasons for leaving. Peter had his reasons for staying.

Which was right?

Faced with the same choice, what will we decide?


Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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