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    by Chuck Livermore

Rejected by His Own, Part 1
Date Posted: August 18, 2009
The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, "I am the bread which came down from heaven." And they said, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, 'I have come down from heaven'?"

Jesus therefore answered and said to them, "Do not murmur among yourselves. No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught by God.' Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me. Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father. Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world."
John 6:41-51 NKJV

Are you ever envious of someone else when God elevates that person? “What makes him so special?” you may be thinking. But we must be careful when this kind of thinking starts to creep up on us.

They said the same thing about the Lord. They knew Jesus when he was an ordinary child doing ordinary things that children do. He walked among them, but they didn’t recognize the special nature of this child.

Instead of pulling someone down who has been elevated, spend your time and effort elevating someone who seems ordinary. God may add to your efforts and make this ordinary person in to someone who will be admired by many and your friendship and encouragement will not be easily forgotten.

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Biography Information:
Chuck Livermore's knowledge of the word is the result of a lifetime of study and reading. He is part of Galilee South Community Church, a multi-ethnic congregation in South Denver. He attended Wayland Baptist University and has participated in world evangelism through research of unreached peoples.
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