Ever feel like you’re a cash cow with everybody and their brother grabbing at your udder for a squeeze?
Every day the US Post Office delivers the mail to my door where there is another request from a charity for money. My email accounts overflow with requests for money from someone in Nigeria getting married, a widow in Ghana needing help sneaking $35 million dollars out of her country, or a purported US soldier willing to cut me in on his illegal stash of Afghani gold if I send him $50.
None of these want me; they want the money they ignorantly think I possess.
One day Jesus multiplied a few pieces of bread and fish to feed a crowd of 5,000 men plus women and children. The following day, everyone in the county and their brothers filled the synagogue to see Jesus! His stories and miracles rocketed Him to sudden fame.
The disciples were impressed by His growing numbers of Facebook friends and Twitter followers. Each time the television cameras panned the great crowds at His crusades more people wanted a piece of what He was handing out! He was their meal ticket and a great show too; but Jesus wasn’t impressed.
You seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled (John 6:26).
His signs were proof that He was God’s promised Messiah and Saviour. His message called Israel to repentance from sin and to faith in Him. He was their King if they’d accept Him, but Jesus knew the crowds didn’t want Him, they wanted stuff from Him. He was eternal life, but they craved more fish and bread.
By the time Jesus was done preaching his sermon that day, only 12 from the crowd remained and From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more (John 6:66).
How awful to use a Man for what He can give materially, but reject Him.
I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst (John 6:35).