“Many of these early disciples were not genuine disciples of Christ, for they turned back. Their initial “faith” was not genuine and they were perhaps following Jesus only because of the physical benefits he gave, such as healing and multiplying food.” ~ ESV
To a believer and true follower of Christ “666” is a chilling number, and the Gospel of John provides us with an equally chilling comparison in the number and the verse. How chilling would it be to engage in fellowship and following our Lord one day, and then the next day simply “turn away”. It seems incomprehensible, and leads one deeply mystified in understanding this truth. But it happens. It happened in the day of our Lord, it’s happening now, and for those who turn, as well as those betrayed, “the turning” creates the deepest of wounds.
Even in the day of Oswald Chambers there was a distinct and noticeable “turning away”, as he expressed in My Utmost for His Highest, “Many people today are pouring their lives out and working for Jesus Christ, but are not really walking with Him.” And Jesus explains why, “It is the Spirit who gives life, the flesh is not help at all. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe”. (John 6:63, 64)
So then Jesus asked his disciples, the twelve, this question…
”Do you also want to go away”? (John 6:67)
Let our devotion and heart response be spontaneously and emphatically ~ NO…NEVER
“Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on those who doubt;” (Jude 23:21, 22)
~ Amen :Y