“From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him” john 6:66
When Jesus spoke about the spiritual partaking of his flesh and blood it was too much for some of his followers. These people were concerned only with the earthly kingdom the Jews were expecting Messiah to set up. Christ was indeed the coming King but the kingdom at least in its current form was entirely spiritual.
We all want what we can see and touch. Yet the spiritual sustenance Christ supplies is no less real but far more enduring than any bodily food. Our problem is that we often lack the spiritual “appetite” needed to benefit from it.
There is no more poignant phrase in scripture than Christ’s question,”Will you also go away?”
For all his failings, thank God, that Peter knew when he was well off.
67 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6: 67-68
Are we living on Christ? Do we believe in Him and on Him? Do we really know who He is?
Ezekiel made a watchman.
There is no more difficult book to get a handle on than the book of Ezekiel. Its imagery and the difficulty of defining literal as opposed to spiritual imagery can make it a very neglected book. Not to mention the minute detail Ezekiel goes into when describing the future temple and ordinances.
Ezekiel was a priest in exile. He was far away from the Holy land and temple. Yet even so far away news reached him from home and his heart was never far away.
God still had work for Ezekiel; it was among the exiles among whom he lived. He was called to be a watchman. To see and reprove the sins of the people. To assure them that the exile was not a short one and their behaviour was still being seen by God.
Jerusalem would indeed fall but in 70 years God would bring the people home. They were called upon to forsake the sinful and idolatrous behaviour that caused God to punish them. To return to God before they returned home.
We are being watched to. God has too much love for the church of Christ and us to let it depart from His will and obedience to scripture and Christ. While we may see seeming growth and success, if it comes by worldly methods and at the expense of God’ truth and holiness, He will judge the Church to bring it back to the foundation on which it must rest.
As much we need the cross we bear
As air we breathe or light we see
It draws us to thy side in prayer;
It calls to seek our strength in Thee.” Anon.
“We do anything, anytime,anywhere .” This was the Goodies boast. May we be just as willing follow and serve Christ!