In John 6:16-34 Jesus had just performed the miracle of feeding the 5,000. He then went to be alone and the disciples hopped on a boat and headed for Capernaum. It was on that night that Jesus walked on water to meet his disciples on the boat.
Jesus. Walked. On. Water.
While there is so much we could unpack regarding this, let’s focus on what happened afterward. The crowd Jesus had fed the night before had seen the disciples leave without him, but when they couldn’t find him they also headed to Capernaum because they were eager to find Jesus.
When they finally found him they questioned him.
“When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, ‘Rabbi, when did you come here?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.’”John 6:25-27
Jesus, knowing their hearts, chastises them because they were not looking for him to hear more of his teachings, they were looking for him to get another free meal.
Jesus also tells them that in order to do God’s work, they simply need to believe in the one who God has sent. They need to believe in him.
Then they had the audacity to ask Jesus, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform?” It was only the day before that they experienced the miracle of Jesus feeding them! The bread and the fish they stuffed themselves with probably still lingered in their bellies!
God sent his son to earth so that we may have life, yet we’re often not satisfied with only that knowledge. We also want to see and experience provision and miracles in order to feed our curiosity or meet our temporal needs rather than pursuing spiritual sustenance and eternal life through Christ Jesus.
Are you satisfied with Jesus alone? Or are you also asking him to prove himself to you?