John 6: 36-42 “But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37 All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 41 At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”
In 2-days I am leading an important conference. I know how important first impressions are: the welcome, seating, banners, music, sound, media, heating, food, drinks, etc. If this goes wrong then what follows may not be heard.
The outward wrapping is the human story.
The more important that becomes then you will make the precious and divine gift inside ordinary and explanatory.
They knew his human story so how can Jesus be from heaven?
What is the outward wrapping that prevents you from seeing or hearing the divine? Have you ever focused on the ridiculous tie the preacher was wearing instead of listening to what was being preached?
We discard quickly.
We judge at first sight a book by its cover.
But there are times when God ordains the wrapping to be ordinary and human, born to Joseph and Mary, so that step towards and into the divine becomes a true and genuine advance into life.