A second chance

The people who ate from the bread and fishes Jesus gave wanted him to feed them again. This time Jesus wanted them to provide them with spiritual food. He told them the bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to everyone (John 6:33).

They became somewhat excited and asked Jesus for that bread. Jesus did just that and said, “I am the bread of life.” Then, it was almost as if they took three or four steps away from Jesus. He told them that he had come down from heaven to do the will of the one who sent him (John 6:38). Jesus repeated that he was the bread of life.

Later, his disciples spoke to him about these admissions and told him what he said had been hard for them to understand and accept (John 6:60-61). Many of his disciples walked away from him. Jesus asked the twelve disciples, “Will you also go away?” Peter told Jesus he was the only one who spoke the “words of life.”

It seemed the twelve would always stay with Jesus. He was the only one who offered them eternal life. But while in Gethsemane on the last day of freedom Jesus would have in this world, the disciples scattered. Every one of them did go away (Matthew 26:56).

The faith of Jesus’ chosen twelve was weak. They saw an armed multitude and panicked. Instead of staying with Jesus, they “all forsook him and fled.”

The good news is they all returned. After the Lord’s resurrection, we find 11 disciples together with Jesus, even Peter, who had denied the Lord had returned.

Jesus Christ offers another chance. Have you obeyed the gospel and lived your life in Christ until something separated you? He wants to provide you an opportunity to repent and return to him. He still cares about you and wants you to return. Why not think about doing that soon?

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