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John 6: 22-58
31. Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat. 41-42. The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.” 42 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’?” 52. The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?” 57-58.“…As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. 58 This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”
Here we can see that the Jews reasoned with our Lord using the knowledge of their traditions. Many times traditions of our culture come into picture, when we are trying t listen to God’s voice. Traditional things that need to be done will engulf us or hinder us in understanding the voice of God. We take the tradition for granted and stick on to that tradition without listening to what God wants us to do in that particular situation. We may not even listen to Him, because we take the tradition as one of the established way of spirituality. Tradition brings out religion in us, but the fellowship with God through His Holy Spirit in the name of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord will bring the spirituality in us. Traditional reasoning will not have us to fulfill the purpose of God, but an open mind before the presence of our Lord will enable us to fulfill His pleasure. If we look at the above incident, Jews could not accept what our Lord said. Their traditional view hindered them not to listen to the flowing words of everlasting life from the Everlasting Rock (Nithia Knamalai). Their reasoning turned into murmuring and then it ended up with a quarrel among them. “Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead.” Following only the traditions, even if it is charismatic, will bring unwanted reasoning, quarrel and dissension and finally it brings death in one’s life. Seek the everlasting life from the ‘Bread of Life’ every day and the see whether your traditions supports it. If it does, embrace it; otherwise break those traditional barriers with the power of the Holy Spirit. Revivals begin by breaking the traditional barriers. Let us be an instrument of godly revivals and the display of God’s glory.