It’s the end of a long chapter – today we read John 6:59-69, completing several weeks working through John 6. There have been arguments about what God wants, who Jesus is, and how to find life. When it comes down to it, there is – what?
Some will leave to assess the campaign, polish their arguments, and work out the next step, sure they are right and must win. Others will go back to the everyday, refusing to take any decision, or wanting to believe that it doesn’t really matter. John wants us to understand that we make a choice. Even deciding to think about it another time is a choice – to avoid the issue.
Jesus never hustled people. He never used his position to threaten. But he did make clear that the way to life was to follow him through life, questions, difficulties and everything. Not “when I get around to it”, not “when I have sorted myself out”, but starting her and now. The disciples understand. They may not be having a good day, hearing the conflict, fearing the outcome, but Peter has the line, ” “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
Surely John knew that it was not only on that occasion that people had argued and prevaricated. His Christian community knew only too well those who were “interested, but . .”. And, no matter how committed we like to think we are, we also know how easily we put off – well, what’s your current “when I get around to it”?