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?

Adapted from:https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=1404.
 


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