The crowd of 5,000 men plus women and children had been fed by Jesus multiplying the five loaves and two fish. They noticed that Jesus and his disciples were gone. They got into boats and began seeking Jesus.
Why did they seek Jesus? When they found him, Jesus said to them, “You are seeking me…because you ate your fill of the loaves.” They were not seeking Jesus in order to know him better. They wanted something more for themselves. More bread for their physical bodies. More for themselves that they did not have to work for. Jesus said, “Do not labour for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life.” They asked him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered, “That you believe in him whom God has sent.” “I am the bread of life.” Only by believing in him, the bread of life, would they have eternal life. Upon hearing this, many turned back and no longer walked with him.
Why do we seek Jesus? What is the main thrust of our prayers? What do we desire most from him? Something for our physical life? Something that will make our life easier? Or do we seek Jesus to spend time with HIM?
Murray and I have been married for 50 years and we like to be together. We don’t continually ask each other for something, or even have a conversation; we just like to be with the other person. Do we have the same relationship with Jesus? Do we seek Jesus to know HIM better? Paul said in Philippians 3, “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” and to “be found in him…that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.” Let us seek Jesus in order to know and enjoy HIM.