Bringing the Text to Life
What to do?
This week's biblical text is "brought to life" as much by the number it bears as by what it says. Read this text of rejection, John 6:66, one more time: "Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him."
The devastating nature of this message, coupled with the doomsday number it is assigned -- 666, the number of the Antichrist, the Mark of the Beast, "Satan's Six-Pack" -- has made this text a flash point favorite for those trying to figure out millennial mathematics. At the doorstep of the year 2000, there is an increased frenzy and fervor over anything smacking of an apocalyptic message or a secret numerological code.
It is time to ask the question: Is all this "millennial fever" really bringing us any closer to the presence of the Christ we profess to long for?
Recently, when on yet another trip to the airport, my student driver noticed that the odometer on his van had just clicked over to 70,000 miles. The sense of...