Why are you following Jesus?
And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. (John 6:2)
When Jesus was performing miricales there were people who followed Him because they knew He could heal their bodies. Then they found out He could feed them food. So they followed Him because they knew they could live off of Him. They’d no longer have to worry about being hungry.
Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. (John 6:26)
What they didn’t know or expect was they’d have to live off of His flesh and blood if they wanted to be His disciples.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. (John 6:47-48)
Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:54)
This was a disgusting proposition. They wanted a show. They wanted their needs to be met. They didn’t want to follow Jesus for what He taught. They weren’t willing to listen to His difficult sayings. Why couldn’t He just heal them, feed them, entertain them and stay out of their business?
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
They couldn’t see that He was speaking of Spiritual things. He was speaking of the intimate nature of His relationship with those who believe in Him as Lord. Not those who followed because of what He could do for them.
From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
This still happens today. People come to Jesus seeking healing. They come seeking provision for their immediate needs. Then they hear of repentance, obedience, and sacrifice. Immediately they turn their backs on Him.
If you’ve sought Jesus during a difficult time, but you left Him because His sayings were too difficult, return to Him. He’s worth living and dying for. His sayings lead to eternal life. He wants to do more than heal your sickness or fill your body with food. He wants to give you eternal life. You must partake of Him to receive this gift. You must believe He is Lord. His Words are truth and life. Believe and be saved.