24 When the crowd saw that Jesus wasn’t there, nor his disciples, they got into the boats and went across to Capernaum to look for him. 25 When they arrived and found him, they asked, “Teacher, how did you get here?” 26 Jesus replied, “The truth is, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you saw the miraculous sign.
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Our dog (a one year-old yellow lab) has spent much of his first few months at our house seeking out our cats (two 15 – 16 year-old housecats). He doesn’t always like what he finds. When he finds a cat, his body from nose to tail is wriggling with uncontainable enthusiasm. Then he tries to get his nose close enough to make the “can I sniff you” contact that cats don’t seem to appreciate. They hiss and bat their paws until they make enough contact to get the enthusiastic young beast to back off and give them the space they need! This stuff is better than TV! The poor fellow is drawn by a force that goes beyond his understanding, and the result of the search doesn’t seem to measure up to his expectations. (Though I’m not quite sure what his expectations are.)
After Jesus fed the 5000 in John 6, our passage tells us that the people were drawn to him – they sought him out. When they found him, I’m not sure they got what they were expecting. Jesus says, “The truth is you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you saw the miraculous sign.” As I read this, I’m thinking, “Why be critical? Why not just embrace their curiosity?” Well, Jesus, as he always does (and maybe a little like the cats!), knew a teachable moment when he saw it and turned their desire for food into a thirst for life – eternal life!
That you are reading this reveals a simple fact: You are drawn to Jesus. You may not know why, but something draws you. And you may follow him for one thing, and you may receive something unexpected … unexpected, but much more beautiful!
Father, I am drawn to your Son Jesus; as I follow this Easter season, provide for me exactly what I need to hear from you.
Dialog discuss: How important is mystery to your faith?
Advice to God: If you want everyone to believe in You, You’ve got to be a little more comprehensible. A little less, “He who surpasseth all understanding,” and a little more, “ready for primetime.” Stephen Colbert, December 2008