Skegness, 27th August 2006
One polish prisoner escaped from the camp in Siberia. He was struggling trough the taiga, in winter, a hard frost, his hands grew numb with a cold. After two weeks the food was finished. Exhausted, frozen, hungry, he was thinking: “It’s just the end”.
But on the horizon he saw the little house. He crawled towards this house and knocked the door. When the host opened the door, the poor escapee asked: “Sir! I’ve escaped from Siberia. Is it far to Poland?”
“O dear man!” - the house owner answered. "It’s not that direction!"
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel together at Shechem to say them: “Choose today your direction!” “Choose today whom you wish to serve!”
And the people answered: “We have no intention of deserting the Lord. We will serve the Lord, for he is our God”. It is our direction.
After hearing Jesus, many of his followers said: "This is intolerable language. How could anyone accept it?" And many of his disciples went away and accompanied him no more. Then Jesus said to the Twelve: "What about you, do you want to go away too?". What about your direction? Where do you want to go?
Then Simon Peter answered: "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the message of eternal life".
We have been living for 10, 20, 40, 60 years.
We have heard about a lot directions.
We have seen a lot of ways.
Where are we going exactly?
Where are you going?
What is your direction?
It must be the greatest tragedy to say after 80 years: "O My God! I’ve wasted my life!"
Therefore Jesus asks today:
"What about you, do you want to go away?"
To go away from the right way?