Read John 6:22-27
22 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
23 however, other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks
24 when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they also got into boats and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.
25 And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You come here?”
26 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.
27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”
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 you were filled (John 6:26)
We are in the era where five Church services on Sundays are held within seven hours and each service is filled to capacity with thousands of worshippers. As much as this is a welcome development, the question is, "Why do these multitudes of worshippers seek Jesus?" There is an old story in Greek annals of a soldier under Antigonus, who had a disease, an extremely painful one, likely to bring him soon to the grave. Always first in the charge was this soldier, rushing into the hottest part of the fray. His pain prompted him to fight, that he might forget it; and he feared no death, because he knew that in any case he had not long to live. Antigonus, who greatly admired the valour of his soldier, discovered his malady, had him cured by one of the most eminent physicians of the day; but from that moment, the warrior was absent from the front of the battle. He now sought his ease; for, as he remarked to his companions, he had something worth living for -- health, home, and other comforts. This might not be the purpose these multitudes are seeking Jesus?
After Jesus fed five thousand with five barely loaves and two small fish; they started searching for Jesus the following day (John 6:1ff). Jesus answered them and said, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and you were filled. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures till eternal life. Jesus is telling the audience then and now, that they ought not seek Him to fill their bellies with physical food, but instead to observe His signs and believe in Him as their Messiah and Saviour. Why Seek Jesus? Make His Kingdom your priority, all other things shall be added unto you.
1. Lord Jesus, grant me the grace to seek You first for the salvation of my soul rather than the treasures of this world.
2. Holy Spirit, convict the health of the multitudes thronging churches today to seek Jesus for the salvation of their soul rather than the riches of this world.
3. Father Lord, touch the hearts of your ministers to put salvation of souls of their members above fund raising.