What happened in John 6? What did Jesus try to show the people that they missed? Every longing that is satisfied (such as filling one’s stomach with bread) is designed by God to point to our longing for eternal fulfillment. Were they looking for a Savior who would meet their eternal needs or merely a king who would provide momentary physical safety and provision?
The first 15 verses of this chapter are describing the miracle of Jesus creating bread to feed the multitude. The remaining 56 verses entail Jesus passionately claiming to be the bread of life! He was the prophet and the king – they were partially correct, but he was so much more! John 6:51, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
He had come into this world to satisfy souls not overthrow armies. In John 6:26, “Jesus answered, Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.” He is rebuking the crowd. He desperately wanted to TRANSFORM their appetites!
They thought he was audacious. The crowd dwindled, many of his followers turned away.
So why did Jesus feed 5000 people with five loaves and two fish? John Piper writes, “…He is opening this window on his glory not that we might get excited about how useful he might be in getting what we already wanted, but that we might see that he himself is better than anything we ever wanted.”
What about you? Do you want to know Jesus because he is useful to you? Describe ways in which he is better than anything you’ve ever wanted. Read over John 6 again. Let Jesus tell you, in his own words.