Is not this Jesus the son of Joseph?

So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me — not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. John 6:41-56

How would you react if someone you grew up with came back home and now claims to be the Son of God? I know I would probably react similar to the crowd in Capernaum. We all keep the people we knew in the past in the same boxes we put them in back then. So it is always a shock when they no longer fit the mold we made for them. In that way these people were just like us. However, if some childhood friend now was able to feed a large crowd with a few loaves of bread or healed the sick then I might just have to believe what he said about himself. Maybe, just maybe he is telling the truth.

The people in Capernaum just could not get past the past. They knew Jesus as the carpenter’s son and that was that. Jesus is telling them about why He is here and what He is offering and they just cannot get past who Jesus was and how He acted as a child. And because of this many of them missed the most important event in history.

How often are we unable to get past a person’s past. He was a scoundrel back then and we all know a leopard cannot change his spots. Or she wasn’t a very nice girl you better steer clear. And because we cannot get past the past we miss out on what Jesus is doing. When these people from our past turn to Jesus His transformational power makes them new. They are no longer the people we knew growing up, they are new, they are changed and they are forgiven. They are no white as snow. Yet we do not see what is before us because we are blinded by the past.

People in Capernaum could not see who Jesus was and what He was doing because they thought they knew who Jesus was. Sometimes we cannot see what Jesus is doing because we think we know the people standing before us are from their past. We let the past color the present and we miss seeing Jesus at work in lives.

Have a blessed day,



About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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One Response to Is not this Jesus the son of Joseph?

  1. Brad Stanton says:

    i really enjoyed your blog post

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