“To Whom shall we go?”
Franklin Graham recently reported: “In some countries, more people are dying by suicide than from COVID-19.” In one month, for example, Japan saw more deaths from suicide than they had experienced in total due to Covid-19! And now, just as it seems we have created vaccines, a new variant of the virus is emerging along with new fears and uncertainties.
All around our planet this Christmas Day is like none other. According to Worldometer, as of December 23, 2020, 11:43 GMT, 1,726,543 people have died from the COVID-19 pandemic. (Click on the above link for the latest figures.) How many millions more are grieving the loss of a close family member or friend as they stare at a vacant dinner table chair this Christmas day? Never before have so many felt so helpless.
Science, that old standby, is scrambling, hospitals and other emergency care facilities are floundering. Economies and family budgets are collapsing, and mental health worldwide is deteriorating. To Whom can we turn? To Whom shall we go?
This question was asked some 2000 years ago by a simple Galilean fisherman. But Peter was not asking out of despair; Peter was asking rhetorically. He knew the answer, and spoke it next: “Lord, to Whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life…. You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (John 6:68-69).
On another occasion recorded by Matthew Peter makes a similar profession, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” (Matt. 16:16). Jesus commended Peter for this insight, wisdom received, He said, from the Holy Spirit of God.
Shortly after the birth of Christ wise men followed the Christmas star to Jesus. Wise men still go to Him today. “To Whom shall we go” this Christmas… this era of chaos?
To Whom will you go?
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