This week's readings give the result of Jesus' hard words - "From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him." (John 6:66) We also get this sense of a stark divide in our Old Testament reading from Joshua, in which the famous ultimatum is uttered: "Choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15) As the history of the Israelites is born out, we see that most of the people chose something other than the LORD.
We are called - weekly, daily, moment by moment - to a choice. Who are we serving? The answer is never "No One." It is often "Me." Serving Jesus continually is often a hard task, owing to the countless ways we must take up a cross and crucify our desires and preferences in His service. But, with Peter, we will find there is nowhere else to go. Jesus alone has the words of life. As Fr. Ryan put it so well last week, we may not know everything and have it all figured out, but we who trust in Christ have seen enough of who he is to choose to follow. It's about finding real, abiding life in the son of God, Jesus Christ.
This week, we'll sing a song we've learned this year that highlights this theme: "Christ is Enough." Listen to it here:
The new song we learned last week also fits our theme this week, as we declare "I believe in You, I believe that Jesus Christ is Lord.." Listen to "This I Believe" here:
I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday!