Thursday, Apr. 27
John records the miracle of feeding the 5000 in John 6. With the one lunch of a young boy they were all fed. Matthew’s account says “They all ate and were satisfied.” Mt. 14:20. They must have been very hungry because many of them took more than they could eat. As the saying goes, their eyes were bigger than their stomachs. The disciples were called on to gather the excess food—12 baskets of it. As a result of this miraculous event, the people wanted to make Jesus their king, Like the woman at the well in Sychar who wanted a life time of physical water, these people wanted a free source of food for the rest of their lives. After the crowd followed Jesus across the lake to Capernaum, Jesus told them bluntly that they were only interested in physical food, and were not getting his message. His message was that he was the Messiah and as Messiah, was the source of eternal life. Jesus made this very plain by the analogy of manna from heaven (Ex. 16). Their focus was on the present. Their future destiny seemed to be of little importance. To be fair, the Jews felt that they were already chosen by God, were not “lost” and did not need to be redeemed. But the evidence overwhelmingly identified Christ as their Messiah—and they were not listening to his message. But there’s a positive note in this passage. “Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” John 6:64. If some did not believe, it implies that many did believe, perhaps even the majority. And the “some” would include Jewish leaders, who were always present to oppose Jesus and influence others to do the same. This account admirably fits John’s goal as stated in John 20:31. “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” The bread of heaven is the only thing that satisfies.