John 6:22-26 – Lesson #64

The great multitude came to see a miracle worker..and they certainly were not disappointed. With their very own eyes, the people saw Jesus take “five barley loaves and two small fish” (John 6:9) and miraculously feed over five thousand people. This sign was so clear that the people believed Jesus was “the Prophet who is to come into the world” (John 6:14) and they planned to “take Him by force and make Him King” (John 6:15). But Jesus sent His disciples to the other side of the sea and went by Himself to the mountain.

John 6:22-26
“On the following day, when the people who were standing on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except that one which His disciples had entered, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with His disciples, but His disciples had gone away alone – however, other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks – when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they also got into boats and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, ‘Rabbi, when did You come here?’ Jesus answered them and said, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.'”

The people were impressed with what they saw in Jesus. They had seen Him send the disciples away and go by Himself to the mountain. They had tried to keep watch as best they could through the storm of the night, but when morning came He was gone. Assuming He had gone to join His disciples, the king seekers got into boats and sailed to Capernaum. Once they found Him, the people asked, “when did You come here?” Their question also implied, “and how did You get here?”

Jesus didn’t say anything about walking on the water or calming the storm but went straight to their heart and the issue of eternal life. Notice this is the same method Jesus used in talking with Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman. The truth which had to be addressed was that the people came to Jesus with a completely wrong motivation. They came, not because of the sign, but because the result of the sign satisfied a physical need. The purpose of the signs which Jesus performed was always to point to Who He was – the Son of God. The people didn’t come seeking to worship, or even to better understand, they came to get and to take. Their idea of a king was a one-way giver of freedom from Roman oppression.

We will see this same message many more times, but let’s begin this section with an honest evaluation of our own heart. If we are seeking, ask why. Are we being motivated by what we can get or by what we can give to the One who calls? Are we running to the thrill of miracles or drawing near to the One to whom all miracles point. And if we have already come to Jesus, what is motivating us to continue the fight? Is He truly on the throne or are we still trying to shape Him into a god of our liking. Let’s always seek – and always continue – because He is the Son of God, the true King of Kings, and the Giver of life to those who believe.

Have a Great Day!

Steve Troxel
God’s Daily Word Ministries