Disappointment after feeding the 5000?


In John chapter 6, Jesus feeds the 5000. After doing so, the people wanted to make Jesus King:

After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

You might wonder why Jesus reacted so significantly. On the surface, you might just think it was bad timing, or something like that. After all, wasn't Jesus coming to be King? I think the problem is how they really viewed Jesus. After the feeding, they saw the miracle, but what they wanted from Jesus was to get their problems fixed--get rid of the Romans.  Here is our great revolutionary guy to save us from the evil overloads.

Jesus came to bring us to Him, not to fix all of our problems, and then sit on the sidelines. He came to be our Lord. He came to make us children of God. He came for fellowship with us.

Now, will he fix our problems? Generally speaking, yes. But that is not the point. That is a an additional benefit. We get the God of the universe as our daily companion. We get Him!

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.

God comes down and offers Himself to us. We have a choice. Do we want Him, or just the stuff He brings along? When we search for the stuff, we end up empty, when we search for Him we get it all.

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