Then Who?

“Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you,

Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles,

but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.

Labour not for the meat which perisheth,

but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life,

which the Son of man shall give unto you:

for him hath God the Father sealed.”

John 6:26,27.

The Story adapted from John 6, Matthew 14, Mark 6, & Luke 9

“Mama.” The little boy tugged on his mother’s skirt. “I’m hungry. When are we going home?”  His mouth curved downward and his head drooped.

Jesus’ disciples searched through the multitude of sick, healed, and hungry people. They hoped to find food enough to feed them. Philip wanted to send them home but Jesus said, “Feed them.” As of yet, they had not found  enough to feed one let alone 5,000 plus. Philip shook his head. It was hopeless.

“Philip, over here,” called Andrew frantically waving Philip in his direction.

Philip frowned. “You’re excited about five loaves of barley bread, and a couple of fish? What is that among so many.”

The young boy looked up at Philip with eyes of disappointment. “I know it’s not much. Mama brought it for me and I’m hungry. But this man, said Jesus was looking for food. I’ll give him what I have.”

Andrew patted the black curly hair of the youngster and smiled. “We’ll take it to Jesus.”

“Can I take it to him?”

“Certainly.”

Not only did Jesus receive the young boy’s offering, he multiplied it by a bunch – enough to feed 5,000 men plus women and children with 12 baskets of leftovers. No one went home hungry, but when they returned a day later they expected more of the same. The bread they sought would provide temporary life. One day it would not be enough, and they would die even as those wandering in the wilderness who –

“did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.”

Jesus told them of a different bread –

“He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

I am that bread of life …

This is the bread which cometh down from heaven,

that a man may eat thereof,

and not die.”

John 6:47,48, 50

The ones Jesus fed the day before and now addressed, wanted him for their king – but not their King. They sought him because he could keep their bellies filled. They wanted to eat for a day. Jesus wanted them to feast on him forever.

We are not unlike them. We want our comforts now without much thought about how quickly they disappear and we want more. We are short-sighted and work first for what fills our bellies without seeking the living bread that gives life forever.

Jesus said –

Labour not for the meat which perisheth,

The Israelites sang praises to the God who took them across the Red Sea, but –

  • “They soon forgat his works:
  • they waited not for his counsel:
  • But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness,
  • and tempted God in the desert.
  • And he gave them their request;
  • but sent leanness into their soul.” Psalm 106:13-15;

In the book of James we are warned –

“Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain:

ye fight and war, yet ye have not , because ye ask not.

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss,

that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”

James 4:2,3

Miracles are soon forgotten when faced with another need. What’s of this earth cannot fill our greatest need. Jesus doesn’t mean we shouldn’t work. He gives us strength to work. But we are to work first for what is first.

but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life,

“This is the work of God,

that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”

John 6:29

  • “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
  • and all these things shall be added unto you …
  •  If ye then be risen with Christ,
  • seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
  • Set your affection on things above ,not on things on the earth.” Matthew 6:33; Colossians 3:1,2

Jesus’ Promise:

which the Son of man shall give unto you

“And I give unto them eternal life;

and they shall never perish,

neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand …

 I am the resurrection, and the life:

he that believeth in me, though he were dead,

yet shall he live:

And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.

Believest thou this?”

John 10:28;11:25.

After Jesus’ teaching on being the living bread many of those listening walked away from him. Jesus then asked the 12 disciples –

“Will you also go away?”

“Then Simon Peter answered him,

Lord to whom shall we go?

Thou hast the words of eternal life.

And we believe and are sure that

thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.”

John 6:67-69.


Tell me. Who besides Jesus gives everlasting life?