The Eyes Have It

At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?” John 6:41-42

The Jewish leaders once again show their contempt for Jesus and his teachings. This time, though, they’re balking at his assertion that he came down from heaven. That’s realistic because if I were to claim I was from heaven, I would hope others would question it too. But for them, it was beginning to become a habit. Would they ever see the light? Would they ever just believe Him for who he was?

The interesting part of this is they knew Jesus, and probably knew him as he grew up. It’s a pretty good bet that their kids were constantly being compared with Jesus because he was literally “the perfect child.” So they knew him, which made them all the more skeptical because he was one of them. But you’d think that they’d take notice when this perfect child – now a grown man – claimed to come from Heaven itself. Jesus knew what that meant to them. It meant he was comparing himself with God the Father.

People are not what they seem. Some people even brag that “what you see is what you get.” That’s only partially correct because when there’s no one around to impress or care, they have to deal with their inner self. Just know that the person you see who is gregarious and outgoing isn’t what he/she seems. Same goes for the shy, inward person.

They say that the eyes are the window to the soul, and I think that’s correct. Begin looking at people and their eyes. They tell a lot more than their actions.

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