it were me, and my frail mind, and I saw the crowd of John 6 turn away
and walk with me no more, I would be sorely sorely depressed. Why read
another book, why write another sermon, why pray another prayer, why
witness to another soul, why bother, why embrace more rejection and "let
down", why rejoice, smile, and be happy, why care.
Yet Jesus knew even before His Incarnation that such would
be the case throughout His life. A crowd which follows then falls
away. Lepers who come for healing and who leave forgetting. Pharisees
who give compliments, and continue plotting. Peter who makes promises,
but denies Him thrice. Those disheartened on the road to Emmaus even
though He, risen, yet ate with them. May the grace and power of God
grant us the mind of Christ, and that it may put to death what is
earthly in us.