The day after Jesus performed the well-known miracle where he fed five thousand people with five barley loafs and two small fish, an interesting thing happened. That night Jesus had fled the crowds by walking across the sea of Galilee to the other side. When they couldn’t find Him in the morning, the people hurried into boats and went to search for Him. Upon finding Him, Jesus knew their motives were not pure. They weren’t looking for Him because He had performed miraculous signs, but because they were hungry again! They ate the bread and the fish, but completely missed the fact that Jesus was the Messiah. Not only that, but when He told them who He was, they wanted to know what “works” they would have to perform to receive salvation. I wonder how many people do the same thing? They receive blessings from God Almighty everyday of their lives, but still pat themselves on the back for how well they’ve done. I wonder how many continue the pursuit of worldly possessions all their lives, thinking they’ll receive admission to heaven because they “treated people fairly” or “weren’t as bad as ‘some’ people were!?” Hasn’t this lie gone far enough?
“When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, Rabbi, when did you get here?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.’ Then they asked him, ‘What must we do to do the works God requires?’ Jesus answered, ‘The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.'” John 6:25-29