John 6:66-69 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.
Sadly, the scene of John 6:66 is replicated on almost a daily basis. Christ's disciples turning back. Back to the world. Back to the flesh. Back to the old life. Back to the carnal pursuits. Back to the spiritual apathy. Back to the Bible neglect. Back to the life of prayerlessness.
I ask myself and I ask you today what Christ asked His 12 disciples 2,000 years ago. Will ye also go away? Each of us ought to realize that we're not above it (1 Corinthians 10:12). And we ought to take some time right now not only to determine that we won't but to figure out and establish in our hearts and minds just exactly why we won't.
Peter nailed it. Lord, to whom shall we go? Answer that question personally and hypothetically. If you were to turn away from following the Lord, what are some things that would cause you to do so or what would you turn to instead? Sports? Popularity? Pursuit of material wealth? Laziness? Selfishness? Immorality? Others' failures? Trials and testings? Etc.
And now consider how any of those things compare to following the One Who has the words of eternal life (John 6:68). The One Who gives us life more abundant (John 10:10). The One Who gives us all things richly to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17). The One at Whose right hand there are pleasures FOREVERMORE (Psalm 16:11).
We use the verse in our witnessing, but I believe we can make application to our Christian lives as well. Mark 8:36-37 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Bro. James comments on John 6:68 in the New Testament Survey book:
"This was one of the first verses I was given to memorize by those who discipled me. Before one ever comes to Christ for salvation he has learned the emptiness of the things of this world. When one comes to Christ for forgiveness of sins, he does so because he knows that no one else can meet his need. Once one has been made a new creature by the working of God's grace, he knows there is nothing to compare with the joy of eternal life.
"So the response to those that would call us to sin, the reply to those who ask us to quit when times get tough and the response to the devil when he seeks to lead us astray are provided here: To whom shall we go? There's no one in this universe with anything to offer that can compare with what we have found in Jesus."