From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
This is one of the saddest verses in the whole of the Bible. Having come this far, they desserted him. For them he was just a passing fashion like Moon Boots or mini-skirts. I wonder whether at the Great Excise it will be the same for you? There is much that is superficially attractive about Christianity: the miracles, the ordered life, the rules, the community spirit, the 'niceness' of other Christians, the excitement, the hymns, the wonderful music, the beautiful buildings, the stained glass, the liturgy, the lives of Christian heroes, the wonderful stories - but are you willing to bet your life on it? Do you hold it above all? Do you love God with all your heart, mind and strength? And do you show it by how you treat your neighbor?