It is impossible, so removed in time and culture, to know what must have gone through the people’s minds when they saw the truth with their own eyes; but we do have a record of their summary reaction. At some point, they saw or heard enough to draw their own immediate conclusion about Jesus. They begged Jesus to go away from them and leave them alone. But why?
Things aren’t always as they seem, or as we expect or want them to be. We see with human eyes. Another’s doubt drifts like smoke to cloud our own thinking. Is my hope a mirage? Am I misleading myself, convincing myself of a truth that crumbles as soon as it is touched?