We were not expecting this

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.


Ken Rookes


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