Why do you follow Jesus? Who is he to you?
For some he is a strange sort of magician. People follow him because they want to see what he’s going to do next. They want to be fascinated and astounded by the wonderful power that he has. They constantly want to see something new and shiny.
This miracle that they seek could be for a loved one. It could be for themselves, but it is definitely the only reason that these people want Jesus around or that they want to be around Jesus. It is almost for the entertainment value that they follow our Lord.
John 6:2 says, “And a great multitude followed him, because they saw the miracles which he did on them that were diseased.”
Those that follow Jesus because they want to see a miracle is a very great number. All over the world today people will attend a religious service where some charlatan will convince them that they have the power to heal diseases, but we know that they power comes from God alone. James tells us that the prayer of faith shall save the sick.
Thousands today will go home unsatisfied and defeated because they are simply looking for a miracle cure.
It’s not always like this, but when Jesus healed the lame man in the John chapter 5, he wasn’t looking for Jesus. Jesus went to him. The same was true when I trusted Christ. I wasn’t looking for him. He was seeking me.
Maybe you don’t follow Jesus because of the miracles. Maybe there’s another reason.
Here, in John 6, the Lord had pity on the multitude and fed them with 5 pieces of bread and two small fish. They traveled to see him, they listened to his teaching, and he couldn’t send them away hungry. So, he gave them a miracle and a meal.
During the night they traveled to the other side of the Sea of Galilee and when the miracle seekers saw that he was gone, they followed after him. They arrive in verse 25 and ask him how he got there.
Rather than beating around the proverbial bush by answering their question, Jesus simply ignored it and revealed the reason that they were there. They were hungry. Look at verse 26.
“Ye seek me not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.”
Maybe that’s why you follow Jesus. Is it that you just want to eat and be satisfied? Do you follow him with your hand extended, waiting for a piece of bread or a bite of fish?
What Jesus provides is good and is abundant, but that’s not the only reason that we should follow him.
Please, think today…do you attend to church because of what it has to offer you? Are you always coming to receive a blessing? Or, do you want to be a blessing?
Those that just want a blessing from the Lord, normally say something like what we find in verse 34, “Lord, evermore give us this bread.” Give, give is all they are really concerned about.
They’re not worried about a show. They’re worried about being satisfied.
Finally, today, we find another group of people, and it is one that follows the Lord for who he is.
They follow Him because he is God and there is none else. But, this isn’t a multitude. It’s a pretty small number, in fact. Once the truth comes out that in order to be a true disciple of the Lord Jesus, we’ve got to take everything…the miracles, the bread, the teaching, the persecution, the holy life…everything, then people start to find someone else to follow.
He told everybody that day that in order to have life they must eat his flesh and drink his blood. That is, receive all of him and not just the good parts like the miracles and the bread.
In verse 66 we see that from that day, “many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.”
That’s when he turned to the 12 and asked, “Will ye also go away?”
In verses 68-69 we have the real reason why we should follow Jesus. Peter says it best.
“…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.”
What about you? What’s the real reason you follow Jesus?