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. Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.’ (John 6:41-51, NRSV)
Those who heard Jesus were complaining about Him, because they thought they knew Him…
That doesn’t happen today does it? Do we always agree on the way things should go and what things are? We always agree as the body of Christ on what is sinful, and what is not… We use the the word of God to prove our own points of view and leave out the possibility that another member of the body of Christ might have a different understanding then us and could be right. We are hung up on the “way we have always done it” and “that is what I learned in Sunday School” that we lose sight of Jesus.
The Pharisees knew Jesus as the son of the carpenter Joseph, and that is who He was. They could not hear His words to make Him to be even a prophet, or to the length they needed to go that He was God incarnate before them. And because they could not look beyond what they could see or had known, they could not live into the life that was right in front of them!
Only God can call us to Him, as Martin Luther said in his explanation of the third article of the Apostles Creed:
I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith. In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. In this Christian church He daily and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all believers. On the Last Day He will raise me and all the dead, and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ. This is most certainly true.
We are called to God and when we open our hearts and lives to Him we will be able to see what He has set before us and see things in the light and follow Him. It is not about believing the right things, or following the right set of doctrines. It is about loving and following Jesus where He leads us, into the unknown for us, but what is truly known and set in place before the beginning of time by Him. So look not on appearances but look through the eyes of God!