"Making A Sale"
November 22, 2010
So Jesus said to the Twelve, "Do you want to go away as well?" Simon Peter answered Him, "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." John 6:67-69
Some folks will do just about anything to make a sale.
Now before I go any further, I want you to know I'm a gun owner and a gadget lover.
Indeed, I like to have bells and whistles on my vehicles. Of course, that generally doesn't mean having the car dealer throw in an AK-47. For those who don't know, an AK-47 is a pretty good military rifle. I'll have air-conditioning in my car, power steering, power breaks, power seats, but I draw the line at having an AK-47.
Still that is what one auto dealer is doing down in Florida. Anyone who buys a new truck from him will get an AK-47 thrown in as part of the deal. (To be fair, he will give you coupons at other stores or $400 off the price of the vehicle, if you prefer.)
Understand, your rifle won't be sitting on the front seat when you drive away. You get a voucher, take it to the local gun establishment where they will fill out the legal forms and run a background check. When all that's over, that's when you get your gun.
Yup, some folks will do just about anything to make a sale.
Jesus is not one of those folks.
Our text comes from a day in His ministry when the great crowds which had been following Him decided to leave. His teachings had offended some of them and confused others.
Rather than begging them to come back, Jesus sadly watched them leave. Then He turned to the twelve and said, "Boys, are you going, too?"
Peter's reply is solid: "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."
Today, like that day, there are two groups of people: believers and unbelievers. The difference between them is not that Jesus loves one more than the other -- not at all. Jesus lived and died and rose to save us all.
The difference comes because some like Peter, you and me have been brought to faith and give thanks that Jesus is their Savior, the One who is eternal life. The other group, well, they just don't get it. Today we pray for those who don't have that faith.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I give thanks You have allowed me to see the Savior and the sacrifice He made so I might be saved. Now, I pray those crowds who don't see may have their eyes opened to Him who has the words of eternal life. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries