Remember how I said in my previous post that God predestinated some people to be born again? This ties in with today's topic. I believe that there are a set number of individuals who will be saved before Christ returns to judge the world. This is why he seems to be taking a long time before returning to put the world right.
Why do I think this? First of all, Jesus mentioned several times during his ministry on earth that the Father had given him followers who became his disciples. He had lost none but Judas who wasn't really genuinely saved. By extension, we can see that all who follow the Lord willingly and with all their hearts will be on his right hand at the Judgement Day. From all the studying I've done, there is no extension to his limited time offer of salvation.
John also pointed out in his epistles that some Christians stopped believing in him because they really didn't believe in the first place. In the sixth chapter of John's gospel, a large crowd followed Jesus until he spoke metaphorically about consuming his flesh and drinking his blood. Those who left were only interested in earthly food and to make Christ a military leader. Devoting themselves spiritually to him and his teachings was out of the question.
Fickle followers left because Jesus stressed following him and taking up of the cross for his disciples. This doesn't mean putting up with a disability or a chronic difficulty. Instead, we identify with him though it might mean being martyred. The title "Lord" isn't some nice complement we say to butter him up but a declaration that he owns us. He purchased souls on the cross through his atoning death, therefore all who believe in him are his possessions.
In my next post, I'll reveal the answer to the question of why Christ did miracles. After all, most of Christ's followers turned away once they realized that the free food and healings wouldn't go on forever. Watch this space.