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John 6: It Just Keeps Getting Weirder!

  I have been struggling to write about this passage for a week now. Especially considering that my friend that I’m writing for thinks that the resurrection is weird. I read this chapter and thought “Geesh…what did I get myself into?” Talk about weird! If you read this whole chapter, it’s like the weirdest of weird chapters… Then after ruminating on it for a few days, I sat down and really prayed about it and tried to consider the whole passage. I prayed for a fresh understanding of this scripture and to really see the message as a whole. Surprisingly, (for my faith-lacking self) I saw some really cool stuff I had never seen before. After intensely looking at this passage for a few days, I have to chuckle a little at how I picture the reactions of myself and the early listeners to Jesus. I feel like we are all looking at Jesus’ teaching with about the same depth of understanding that my middle school students had during my classes on figurative language. Really, you haven’t experienced frustration in this world until you have tried to teach a group of at-risk youth what symbolism is! I remember one particular young concrete thinker yelling at me from his frustration, “How can setting the world on fire be a good thing?” LOL My students wanted black and white easy answers so they could fill in the correct circle and get a diploma one day. They had no interest in really understanding or learning. They didn’t want to be challenged. They would constantly ask me, “When am I ever going to use this?” Which is another way of saying, I’m not going to learn this unless you can show me how it’s going to benefit me. And I think this is exactly how most of us approach religion: OK Jesus. Sure, you are God, but when am I going to use this stuff you are teaching me? I’m not going to follow ou unless you can show me how it’s going to benefit ME! In this passage, Jesus does a miracle and feeds 5000 people. The crowd is all like, Yummm! This sure is tasty bread and fish. What kind of seasoning is that? Tastes a little like Cajun…that sure am good stuff… (cause I imagine Jesus was…