Summary: Sermon from John 6 on where does our hope come from and why.
Where does our hope come from? In a world full of hopelessness and helplessness, we need hope. Without hope we may as well just give up on life and so many people every day do just that.
Now you’re probably sitting there and you know what I’m going to say. You know the answer to the question. You are guessing that I am going to say Jesus Christ is the source of our hope and you would be right, but why is He the source. Why do we place all our hope in him?
A number of people today say that they have looked to Jesus for hope only to be disappointed; and they’ve left Jesus disgruntled. Even some of Jesus early followers turned away from him.
Turn to John 6
Context: Miracles, Healings. Feeding the multitude (5000), healed the man at the pool walking on water. They had seen Jesus’ power. Jesus began to teach them a hard teaching which really referred to sharing in His death and many could not take it. Pick up the story from verse 60.
60On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”
61Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? 62What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! 63The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. 64Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. 65He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.”
66From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
Jesus turns to his closest followers and asks:
67“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
68Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”
Peter realized that Jesus was the only source of hope. Where else would he go. The Holy Spirit had opened his eyes to see a little of who Jesus was. And with Peter’s recognition came a change.
15“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. 18And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
You see Peter realized that Jesus had the words of eternal life, that He was the Son of the Living God. And it seems that in that recognition Jesus has placed within Peter the words of eternal life. There is an authority given to spread the power of the Kingdom of Heaven. Peter’s realization came before Jesus had died and risen again obviously, but after Jesus had ascended to heaven we see a powerful transformation in Peter’s life.