Jn.6:26 – Jesus replied, “Let me make this very clear, you came looking for me because I fed you by a miracle, not because you believe in me.
There were all sorts of people following the Lord when He was here on earth. There were the lepers looking for cleansing, parents with dying children, frustrated tax collectors, and disillusioned hookers. There was even a random Pharisee tagging along at these unusual gatherings. When Jesus fed everyone with a little boy’s lunch it was as if the covers were suddenly torn off. Apparently a majority of the crowd were looking for a king to give them their best life now. Nothing much has changed in these 2000 years. Here is how Zwingli described the same issue some 500 years ago.
“With these words the Lord reproaches and scolds the crass and carnal condition of the multitude, because although they had seen greater miracles, proofs of divine power, they were so excited by the fullness they experienced at one banquet. And so they show themselves to be more interested in obtaining fodder for the body than food for the soul. Now we see here the fickle opinion of the common people, which changes and fluctuates. We all hear the Word of God, but in different ways; and this becomes evident enough from the fruit we produce. Some hear in order to learn the way to life and salvation, and these are those who rightly seek and rightly hear the Word of God. For Christ was sent by the Father for this reason: to be the salvation of the world. And he bears witness that he is the one through whom believers are saved. He instructed the apostles to preach this, and they did it as we see in Acts 3, 7, and 13. “For the gospel is the power of God unto salvation for all who believe.”
So let me ask that question to you; why are you following Jesus? Have you seen Him as altogether lovely? Is it Christ Himself you are after or if you were honest you may be looking for some modern day king or even a Santa Claus? Jesus told then straight up what He was about. He said, “Unless you eat my body and drink my blood you have no part with Me”. What He was describing is an incredible intimacy that is offered to us in Christ. It’s not about houses, jobs, careers, possessions or even family. It is about Him; it is only about Him. After this day John said the crowds stopped following Him. Sounds like they were in it for the wrong reason.