The readings for Week 4 of the Hello Mornings Challenge were:
Day 1: John 6:22-40
“The next day the crowd that had stayed on the far shore saw that the disciples had taken the only boat, and they realized Jesus had not gone with them.”
These people took advantage of the fact that Jesus was alone. He didn’t have His “bodyguards” as it were, and they knew they could get close to Him. They wanted to believe, but there was a conflict between their heads and their hearts (verses 26-31).
Day 2: John 6:41-59
Maybe I have just seen one too many Vincent Price movies, but I can just imagine the confused look on everyone’s faces when He talked about eating His flesh and drinking His blood. Can you imagine how that would be perceived today?
Jesus: “…those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life…”
Bystanders: “Ooohh my…..He’s a cannibal!”
And the last verse reveals that “He said these things while He was teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.” (verse 59) How many religious stick-in-the-muds were appalled and aghast at this statement? To say it aloud was controversial, to teach it in a synagogue? I can only wonder what murmurs and gasps were spreading through the crowd because they thought He was speaking literally instead of figuratively.
Day 3: John 6:60-71
When I read about Jesus’ disciples I automatically picture 12 disciples. But, these Scriptures reveal that there were many disciples. It was only 12 who remained faithful.
Day 4: John 7:1-24
“For if the correct time for circumcising your son falls on the Sabbath, you go ahead and do it so as not to break the law of Moses. So why should you be angry with me for healing a man on the Sabbath? Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.”
The religious leaders were still trying to capture Jesus for healing the lame man during the Sabbath. But He pointed their own faults/sins to them. Basically, He told them point blank, “You are worshipping Moses.” They placed more value on the laws of Moses than they did the laws of God, and He called them out on it.
Day 5: John 7: 25-36
“Could our leaders possibly believe that he is the Messiah? But how could he be? For we know where this man comes from. When the Messiah comes, he will simply appear; no one will know where he comes from.”
Two things came to my mind as I read through this again today. 1) They only thought they knew where He came from. He was known as a man from Nazareth, but he was born in Bethlehem. And 2) Could they have possibly been reading about the second coming and perceived that prophecy as the first coming? Having read the books of the Old Testament that are prophetic, I know that figuring out exactly what those prophesies mean can be difficult. Sometimes we think we have finally understood what it was Christ was trying to tell us and we start preparing for what we interpreted. It is only after the prophecy has been fulfilled do we realize that we misunderstood and everything becomes clear.