A Word From
The Pastor: Dr. Timothy Nelson
After these things Jesus went over the sea of
Galilee…, 2 And a great multitude followed him, because
they saw his miracles… John 6:1–2a
These verses are important because they set the stage
for why the encounter with Jesus in each story is
significant: the crowds are following because they saw
Jesus perform SIGNS. Jesus has healed the official's son
(4:46) and the man by the pool (5:5).
The crowds are looking for another sign, and they get
one here. John states this directly in verse 14: "When
the people saw the sign that he had done . . . ."
Jesus multiplies loaves of bread and fish to satisfy the
hunger of the people and it is called a sign. In John's
Gospel, a sign is used to signify who Jesus is. In this
miraculous feeding, the people see the sign and it
signifies to them that Jesus is "the prophet who is to
come into the world" (verse 14). But they were not
satisfied with Jesus, the prophet, they wanted more.
They wanted to make him king. But Jesus had not come to
overthrow the Roman government and he did not come just
to give natural bread - he came to give more - he came
to be the bread of life. Is He your bread of life?
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