“But Jesus, conscious that His disciples grumbled at this, said to them, ‘Does this cause you to stumble? What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before’” (John 6:61-62)?
If the majority of his followers to this point were offended by Jesus’ claim of origin, that he came down from heaven (v.38), what would be their emotional state upon seeing his return to the place from whence he came? Because of the regret over an opportunity missed, and what might have been, will it not be an emotional state far worse? To avoid such a scenario requires ongoing discipleship; a continuation of listening, learning, and believing. In this is the discovery of life over death.