Christ taught the crowd proclaiming, “I am the bread of life!” (John 3: 48). After that teaching, many left Jesuses’ crowd. Among the followers who left Christ, I see two groups. The first group left as they questioned, “Isn’t this Jesus, the son of Joseph? We know his father and mother. How can he say, ‘I came down from heaven’?” (John3:42). For them, Christ is too familiar. They clinked on to his humanity it was hard for them to believe His divinity. This group still exists today they claim, “Christ the wonderful master, nice teacher, revolutionary……” and so on. They are too familiar with Him; they dare make Him just another “good” human.
Yet, there is another group who left questioning, “This is very hard to understand. How can anyone accept it?” (John 3:60) This group found Christ so strange. Too strong to understand, they couldn’t comprehend or believe His claims. They wanted Him to be familiar. A god made in their image, god whom they can completely relate to and nothing more. Now we have this group today as well. That group questions, “Oh, how can God send loving people to hell, how can God disapprove this and that…….” They want Him to be their familiar buddy. But the problem is, for a fine second they forget, “He is God” after all.
The truth is Christ is not too familiar to be just a human, and not too strange that He never was a human. He is the God, who was fully human, who is always God. Now Christians, the task at hand is that we need to balance these crowds and their debates. Don’t expect we will understand everything He does, and Who He is. Also, avoid distancing ourselves when we don’t understand and miss out on the beautiful fellowship that we are meant to enjoy.
In spirit, let's enjoy every familiarity, every closeness, and fellowship with our loving Savior. And with a reverence trust Him to accomplish His sovereign will, execute justice, and transcend our understanding in everything we don’t understand. He is He; He shouldn’t be too familiar or too strange. We may by the help of His spirit walk in the fine line between these crowds and hold tight, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29).
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