I think we’ve all known people who have such self-aggrandizing tendencies that it’s difficult to know when to believe them and when to write off their bragging as hot air.
Probably Jesus’ fellow townsfolk felt this way about him. His words seemed ludicrous to them. They knew his parents. They had watched him grow up. They had no reason-yet-to believe that he was anything more than Joseph and Mary’s son.
It’s easy for us to scorn them for their unbelief and doubt. We mentally chastise them for failing to recognize the Son of God for who and what he was: the Messiah, the Saviour of the world.
Yet what about us? How often do we, who claim to know who Jesus really is, act as though he is nothing more than an historical figure, someone who lived long ago and is relegated to history? What about his claims to feed us and satisfy our thirst? Dare we trust that he is who he claimed to be?
God, today help me to contemplate and accept the person of Jesus in my life. Amen. — KGT