Avoiding the Inevitable: John 6:1-15

Focus Passage: John 6:1-15 (NASB)

Of all the events in the gospels to make Jesus famous, one stands apart in the minds of those present in the first century as solidifying Jesus as being more than just Someone special who God sent to them with a message. This event is so famous it actually holds a very exclusive status as being one of the few events that all four gospel writers include.

However, at the end of John’s version of this event, we see both the shift in the mind of the crowd and we see how Jesus responds. Following the crowd having finished eating the meal and the twelve baskets of leftovers being gathered, we read “Therefore when the people saw the sign which He had performed, they said, ‘This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.’” (v. 14)

With satisfied stomachs, the mood of the crowd had changed from hunger to honor. The crowd saw the significance in this miracle, and they didn’t want to let the opportunity escape them. Jesus was able to supply all their needs, and therefore, Jesus would be the perfect king.

However, Jesus knew what was happening, and He thought differently. The next verse shifts our perspective by saying, “So Jesus, perceiving that they were intending to come and take Him by force to make Him king, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone.” (v. 15)

It seems that whenever the emotions of those present were going to get out of control, Jesus disbands the crowd. When the crowds were beginning to get the wrong idea of Jesus’ mission, He sends them away. This event even impacted the disciples along with the crowd, and we see Jesus sending them away in a boat so that He could be alone.

This tells me that the more Jesus was in the spotlight, the more He valued His alone time. This is also true for each of us. The more visible to others we are, the greater our need for alone, quiet time with God.

While Jesus was the most famous man to ever walk the earth, He is also our example for how to live a truly successful life – and that is by living one that is connected to God over being based on fame, status, or wealth. Jesus could have had all the earthly measures of success, but instead He chose to focus on His relationship to the Father above everything else.

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