Seeing beyond backgrounds

Jesus became truly human in every aspect of the word in order for us to see Him in other people.

Isn’t the wisdom of God wonderful? 

In today’s Gospel reading, the inhabitants of Jerusalem argued that when the Messiah comes, they would not know where he is from. But, they knew that Jesus was from Nazareth of Galilee.

“Could the authorities have realized that he is the Messiah? But we know where he is from. When the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.” — John 7:26-27

They were probably expecting a Messiah who physically descended from heaven or appeared out of nowhere. Instead, Jesus was born of a woman in a manger and was a carpenter’s son.

But Jesus answered them that while they knew where He came from, they only knew half of the truth.

“So Jesus cried out in the temple area as he was teaching and said, ‘You know me and also know where I am from. Yet I did not come on my own, but the one who sent me, whom you do not know, is true. I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.’” — John 7:28-29

While Jesus was born of Mary, He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and was sent by God. While they knew where He came from, they did not understand where He truly came from — the Father in heaven.

The wisdom of God is amazing because by becoming human, He is teaching us to see Him not only in Jesus, but also in other people.

Like Jesus, we may know where other people came from, their backgrounds, their records, or their histories, but we often forget that they also came from God.

If I were God (it’s a good thing I am not), I would have sent Jesus down to earth descending from heaven with angels ministering to Him so people would really believe Him. 

But, Jesus became truly human in every aspect of the word in order for us to see Him in other people.

See God in other people.

Understand that no matter what their backgrounds are, they also came from God.

See beyond other people’s backgrounds.


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