We were not expecting this.
They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” John 6:42
God finally bestirs God’s self,
raising the divine countenance
from the heavenly throne
and takes a few steps toward the celestial balcony
to gaze upon an earthly sphere
plummeting through the star-broken darkness
on its sun-focussed orbit.
It is the same elliptical course as determined
on what must have been either the first
or the fourth day of creation,
(according to the Genesis account).
It is time.
Thirty years later,
the way John tells it,
a man speaks mysteries and divine wonders
as he invites his hearers to dine on eternal bread
and to drink of the Spirit’s life.
The crowd, generally, remain unconvinced
by his claim to have come down from heaven.
They remember his parents
and wonder at his presumption.
They are not sure what they were expecting,
but it is not this.