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,