Just ask a politician. Many of them watch their ratings to see how their constituents view their policies. They may start with a high rating, but then it steadily declines during their term in office.
Jesus also experienced a sharp decline in popularity. His popularity reached its peak after He fed the 5,000.
When the people saw the sign
It really feel off when He told His listeners that He had “come down from heaven”. The peoples response to His bold claim was, essentially, Who does this dude think He is anyway?! Jesus’ popularity continued to fall even faster when He explained how these people could have Him as spiritual bread. Fully confused what they heard, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?”. As a result, many continues to leave Him. The crowds followed Jesus conditionally. They were happy only as long as Jesus supplied their needs and met their wants. They balked when He asked for commitment. Jesus’ question to His disciples was “Do you also want to go away?” Peter answered, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” Will you and I, like Peter, choose to ignore the world’s popularity rating of Jesus and follow Him daily? Those searching to know life’s true meaning can find it in only one way. By serving the Lord with commitment and living for Him one day at a time. Our commitment to Christ is a daily challenge you and I must work to accept.
See you next Sunday.