Thursday, September 13, 2018
Nowhere to Run
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God” John 6:68-69
In December 1944, Adolph Hitler attempted to split the Allied armies in northwest Europe by means of a surprise blitzkrieg thrust through the Ardennes to Antwerp. Caught off-guard, American units fought desperate battles to stem the German advance. But within a matter of days three German armies (more than a quarter of a million troops) had the city of Bastogne, defended by the poorly equipped 101st Airborne, completely surrounded. There was nowhere to run, no place to turn for aid, and no way to attack the enemy forces encircling them. They could have surrendered and received immediate relief from enemy but they chose to depend on their defense works, tactical training, and wait for the tables to turn in their favor. Their refusal to succumb to their devastating circumstances likely helped insure the ultimate Allied victory.
Disciples who had been following Jesus had begun to desert the cause. Turning to his loyal Twelve, Jesus asked, “Do you not want to leave too?” Peter responded with resolve, “Where else are we going to go? We believe and continue to believe, no matter our current difficulty or thinning ranks, that you have the words of eternal life.” For Peter, who spoke for the rest of the disciples, there was nowhere to run that was worthwhile. They believed their best hope for the future was to continue to follow Jesus regardless of the hardships.