Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus answered them, “Do not complain among yourselves. No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day. It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall 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 the one who is from God; he has seen the Father.
Reflect and Pray:
Jesus had a powerful message to convey yet, the Jews could not hear anything he said because they were too busy thinking about who he was, his background and his “qualifications.” Have you ever found yourself in a conversation, listening to a speech, or listening to a sermon and found yourself blocking the person out, not because of the content but because of the person’s mannerisms or something you know about them?
Today, I invite you to pray with me that we will not limit our ability to hear how God might speak to us because of our preconceived notions or ideas about the speaker themselves. It is not uncommon for me to encounter God or hear a word from God through the most unlikely of situations and persons.