Before reading this text we need to understand what has lead up to this encounter. Right before this Jesus had just fed five thousand people with two fish and five loaves of bread. Not bad for someone who didn’t go to culinary school! Immediately afterward Jesus left when the crowd attempted to rise up and crown him as their king. Confused the disciples went out to look for Jesus. That night Jesus came out to their boat on the water, but he was not swimming. He was walking on the water.
Both of these miracles show us the power that Jesus has over the material land that we reside on. The Designer can make the winds obey Him. This is no normal man.
On the next day the crowd that remained on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. Other boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks.
So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.
When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.”
Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform? Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”
Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all
that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
- John 6:22-40s
1) Why was the crowd looking for Jesus?
2) In verse 28, what was the crowd really trying to do by doing “the works of God?”
3) What did Jesus urge them to do over the desire to work miracles?
4) Why did the crowd mention God sending manna down from heaven?
5) How does Jesus use this opportunity to show that He is the way to eternal life?