Therefore the Jews were grumbling about Him, because He said, "I am the bread that came down out of heaven." They were saying, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does He now say, "I have come down out of heaven?" John 6:41-42 NASB
Have you ever been in a conversation with someone who couldn't seem to understand you no matter how many ways you tried to explain yourself? Have you ever been that person who just couldn't understand? Misunderstandings usually occur when either there is a lack of communication between two parties or when the parties involved can't step outside of their own paradigms regarding how life is supposed to work to see another point of view.
Jesus was often misunderstood. In John 6, Jesus was trying to explain to the Jewish followers that He was the "Bread of Heaven", sent by God to to do God's will on earth. However, the Jews couldn't get past their preconceived notions of who Jesus the man was. They couldn't open their minds in faith to what they had never seen before, God on earth. After much bickering among themselves and another question and answer session with Jesus, they walked away. They walked away because they couldn't fit Jesus into the mold of what they already believed. As a result, they missed out on the most transformational experience of their lives...hanging out with the Savior and learning from Him.
We can all take to heart the message in this passage. I know I can. When we interact with people, we can learn to ask ourselves "How could what they are saying/feeling be true?" When we interact with God through His Word, we can ask God to reveal how His word applies to us and how we need to change to become more in line with what He says rather than what we think. When we learn to open our minds to the truth, we will open the door to becoming more like Jesus.
How can you apply the truth in your life today?
Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.