The crowds loved Jesus.
Every day, He’d pull off another miracle…
He’d heal sick people, cast out demons, bring people back from the dead.
And, the people loved it.
One day, He even fed thousands of them with only five loaves of bread and two fish.
Life was good.
You could watch Jesus do His thing AND get free food.
But Jesus never was into the crowds as much as they were into Him.
At one point, He even calls them out in John 6…
“…you want to be with me because I fed you…” (John 6:26)
Jesus knew that the crowds just wanted to be entertained with His miracles…
They didn’t want to follow Him.
They were just consumed with what He could do for them.
Later on in the story, most of the crowd showed their true colors and walked away from Jesus…
“At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him.” (John 6:66)
Apparently, He wasn’t entertaining enough for them any more.
Have you ever really thought about why you want to be with Jesus?
Is it just for the next miracle He might pull off…the next entertaining thing He might do?
Or just for the free stuff you might get out of it?
(The truth here is that Jesus’ miracles are still happening today, and His salvation is still offered to us as a free gift…but there’s more to following Jesus than just being entertained by Him and getting free stuff.)
So, why do you want to be with Jesus?
Jesus-consumers want to be with Jesus for the entertainment, feel-good value.
Jesus-consumers want to be with Jesus for the free perks of the relationship.
Jesus-consumers want to be with Jesus for what’s in it for them.
On the other hand…
Jesus-followers want to be with Jesus not primarily for what He does for them, but for who He is.
Jesus-followers want to be with Jesus, because they understand the amount of love it took for Him to pay the huge cost of their sin.
Jesus-followers want to be with Jesus, because they know no one else can save them from themselves.
Which one are you?
66 At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him.67 Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “Are you also going to leave?”
68 Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. 69 We believe, and we know you are the Holy One of God.[a]”