The Testimony of Peter

Bruce Fiol

READ : John 6:60-69

Peter answered him, “Lord . . . you are the Holy One of God.” (vv. 68-69)

One cannot remain neutral when it comes to Jesus Christ. You hate him or love him;
believe in him or reject him. In fact, Bible scholar Graham Scroggie suggests that John
arranged his Gospel on that premise. Four words summarize it. A divine revelation is made
(e.g., Jesus comes, speaks, performs signs). This leads to one of two responses: some
reject the revelation, others receive it. Chapter six provides a moving example.

Jesus has miraculously fed the multitude. Then he explains the deeper meaning. What he
says is viewed as highly controversial—even blasphemous: “I am the living bread that
came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever” (v. 51). His
explosive claims lead to the first of two responses: Messianic rejection (v. 66). So Jesus
turns to his twelve apostles and puts the issue squarely before them, “Do you want to go
away as well?” (v. 67).

Speaking for his colleagues, Peter utters a testimony concerning Jesus that establishes
him as the third witness. “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,
and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God” (vv.
68-69).

Would you experience eternal life? Then you must believe in Peter’s Christ.

PRAYER

O God, let me never turn from Jesus Christ.