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People will do anything to try to find satisfaction in their life.
It's at the root of most of the motivations and the activities of people even the drug addict, the criminal, even spurious activities are, in their own way, trying to find satisfaction, trying to fill a void that all of us seem to have.
A void, I believe, God placed in our lives…an incompleteness that is only satisfied in Christ.
Many reject Him.
Many search through life and rather than discovering that true Bread of Life, they instead, find their lives one temporal pleasure after another.
Maybe even not always realizing they're struggling to fill a void, a piece of a puzzle, that only God can fill…a God-sized hole that is there for all of us if we will but find and reach out to a Savior who is reaching out to us.
When we look at the story in John 6, when we look at the change in attitude it seems of the crowds that were following Christ, it causes us to want to examine even our own heart and to see whether we have a hunger for Him.
So I want to speak to you about hungering for Jesus today.
Because you see it's not enough to be amazed by Him, nor is it enough to intellectually believe in Him.
The Bible says the true living, the joy and satisfaction, comes when we hunger for the right things.
That's what Jesus explains to us today in the sixth chapter of John.
He has fed 5,000 men plus women and children.
He sent His disciples across the lake to Capernaum and He, instead, went another way.
The amazing thing is that when the disciples arrive in Capernaum, Jesus is there.
The crowd that follows over to Capernaum, this crows that had their bellies filled with the food, the bread and fish Jesus had miraculously provided from that young man's lunch, they are amazed that Christ is there because they know He didn't get in a boat.
Many of them did get in boats, and made the quick trip and yet Jesus is already there.
Beginning in verse 22 of chapter 6, it says, /"On the following day, when the people who were standing on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except that one which His disciples had entered, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with His disciples, but His disciples had gone away alone—however, other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks—when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they also got into boats and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.
And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, 'Rabbi, when did You come here?'"/
They were looking for Jesus, but I want to tip you off that they're motivation for finding Him has changed.
Now initially when they were looking for Jesus back in chapter 6, verse 2 it says, /"Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased."/
There was a time when He was gathering multitudes because they saw the miracles.
They were curious about…could He be the Messiah, the long awaited One?
But things have changed.
They word is out.
They've been fed miraculously without having to do anything to earn or get that bread.
That human instinct, that desire to be physically satisfied had now taken over their priorities as it does so often in our lives.
And now that's what they wanted.
So in verse 26, Jesus answered them and said, /"Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled."/
At first the crowd is coming to Jesus because of the miracles, but now Jesus says there is a different motivation.
You see, He knows their heart.
Just the fact they have come to Jesus is not enough for the Father.
It's not enough for God.
Just showing up is not sufficient.
Jesus looks at the heart.
He looks at the motivation in life, and He knows their motivation was they had gotten a physical satisfaction.
They had their physical hunger satisfied.
Literally, Jesus was now their meal ticket.
They saw if they followed Him they might not have to work again.
If they followed Him they might not have to worry anymore about the day-to-day cares of this world.
So they, with a very basic human instinct now, with their flesh now in charge, they're searching after Christ.
Jesus knows this.
You know He's not satisfied to just leave them there with that physical hunger, with that physical need satisfied.
Jesus didn't come to earth to feed all the hungry people.
He came to give them a food, which lasts for eternity.
That's what He wants them to notice.
That's the teaching moment that Jesus has in our text this morning.
Notice as He picks up in verse 27, Jesus says, /"Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him."/
Notice in 28 they said to him, /"'What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?' Jesus answered and said to them, 'This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.'"/
You know people, even today, think they can work hard enough to earn anything.
You know that's sort of our motto…if you work hard enough, the sky is the limit.
People think they can even work hard enough to earn God's favor.
The Jewish mindset in the day of Christ was that they worked to earn God's favor, that work was in and of itself a godly thing and that God would honor it.
If they kept enough law and kept themselves pure enough, they earned their right into the kingdom of God.
So when Jesus is saying, "Don't labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which gives eternal life," their natural human response is, "Well, how do we do these works?"
They say in 28, /"What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?"/
You see that's their mindset.
That's the mindset of the world.
The world wants to know…how good do I need to be?
If my good outweighs my bad, is God going to find favor?
Am I going to be, then, a good person?
Everyone wants to be a good person, and we define that by the things we do and try to do and the works we try to do.
Jesus answers with a very profound statement in 29, when He says there is really only one work you can do and that is the work of belief.
That is the work of faith.
No other work is going to be satisfying to God.
All our works, all our good deeds fall short of God's acceptance and God's glory, but what you can do is you can work the work of faith.
In other words, you can place your faith in Me as the Messiah.
By doing so, you will receive a bread that will feed you for eternity…one of eternal life.
Well in verse 30, the people said to Him in response to that, /"What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You?
What work will You do?"/
If we're not going to do a work, if we're just going to believe…listen…seeing is believing.
So we need to see something.
What trick can You perform?
What miracle can You perform so that we know You are who You are.
Isn't it amazing?
They had begun following Jesus because of the signs He had done.
They had been partakers of the miraculous feeding of a hillside full of people, and now they're not seeing that.
They're asking the question…give us a visible sign.
We want proof.
But of course that's only a deflection.
They've seen a miracle from God.
They just didn't believe it was from God, so instead of believing what's in front of them, they deflect with an argument.
You speak to people today about the blessings of God on their life, how God has delivered them, how God is dealing kindly with them.
What is obviously the hand of God in their life, and rather than acknowledge and admit it, people will deflect it with an argument.
People will say, "Well, seeing is believing for me.
I'm a skeptical kind of person.
If God is real, then let me see Him do this.
If God is real, then let this happen."
Listen, we have 6,000 years of history of God working and yet when people don't want to believe, their hearts are blinded to the things of God.
You can look at nature.
You can look at the human eye.
You can look at all the tremendous, miraculous power of God at work, but if your heart is blinded, you don't see it, and you keep asking for another sign.
Give me another miracle.
Give me another sign.
You may be here this morning.
You may be listening to me, and you may be saying, "If I could just see the lightning strike.
If I could just see the handwriting on the wall.
If I could just witness some supernatural thing, then maybe I would believe."
Yet I tell you, there are supernatural things all around you.
You just don't see it.
You don't see the health you have that someone of your stature does not have.
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