The Jewish opposition grumbled about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They asked, “Isn’t this Jesus, Joseph’s son, whose mother and father we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus responded, “Don’t grumble among yourselves. No one can come to me unless they are drawn to me by the Father who sent me, and I will raise them up at the last day. It is written in the Prophets, And they will all be taught by God. Everyone who has listened to the Father and learned from him comes to me. No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God. He has seen the Father. I assure you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate manna in the wilderness and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven so that whoever eats from it will never die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever, and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” (John 6:41-51, CEB)
When we think we know someone if they step out of the mold we have them in then they are wrong. We have the image of who they are and what they will be in our minds. And any deviance from that is wrong. Even when the deviant is to be who they actually are.
Jesus here is being ridiculed by those in religious power because Jesus isn’t staying in the mold they have him in.
If we believe in who Jesus says Jesus is we will have life abundantly. But when we make Jesus fit in our magic god box, we will not. We need to let go of our preconceived notions of who God is and allow God to show us who God is. And we need to do this with all of God’s children, i.e. everyone!
Loving People. Loving God.