For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him who sent me. John 6:38
Jesus spoke these words after He fed the 5000 with nothing but five barley loaves and two small fish. Jesus had just preached to them about who He was and why He was there. Many already knew the prophecies of a coming Messiah. There He was, right in front of their eyes. Some conspired to grab Him and force Him to be their king and solve all of their political and social problems. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, left to be alone in the mountain. There is a story in between about Jesus walking on water, but that is not the point of this post.
The people came to seek Jesus after they realized He had left. Isnt that wonderful? Seek and ye shall find, right? Jesus wants us to seek after Him and that is what they did.
Well, yes, they did, but for the wrong reason. They did find Jesus, but all they could see was a human capable of great powers and strong teachings. Their hearts were not open to who He actually is and what He was actually offering. F. F. Bruce said it perfectly; “What they wanted, He would not give; what He offered, they would not receive.”
In verse 38 He tells them that He is not here to do His own will but the will of HIM that sent Him. Kinda confusing, huh? Isnt Jesus God in the flesh? So, why is He saying that He is not here to do His own will? Wouldnt His (God the Son) will be the same as HIS (God the Father) will? Yes, of course it is. But since all the people were willing to see was His human form then He was telling them that He is not like other humans with some human agenda. He is not here to make Himself look good or to please everyone in order to be applauded by all. He isnt here to solve all the social and political problems of human nature. He is here for so much more.
The people came to seek Him because they saw a man able to feed 5000 people with 5 barley loaves and 2 fish. He fed them til they could eat no more and still had food left over. I can imagine instead of them running to tell people “The Messiah is here!! Come find Him with us and follow Him and be saved!” They were running to tell people “There is this man with great powers so magical that he fed us all til we were stuffed! Come find him with us so when we are hungry again he will feed us!”
Ok, so doesnt the bible say God will always provide our needs? Then what is wrong with them seeking Him for that?
Well, the problem is, if that is the only reason they are seeking Him then it is simply not enough to grow their faith. If their love for Him is simply based on what He can do for their human needs and not based in who He is and why He came to the world then they will be like the seed that gets trampled on, ate up, withered, and choked by life’s circumstances. (Luke 8:5-8)They will never take root in true faith and reap the harvest of that faith.
As soon as their needs are not met on their time table or in the way they think their needs should be met then that shallow love they have for Jesus will quickly turn to anger and hate. But a faith rooted in who He is will be a faith that can withstand the waiting. That can withstand the suffering and struggles. That will be able to see the joy set before them. That will not need Jesus to perform miracle after miracle to prove He really is who He says He is.
A faith rooted in who Jesus really is will be a faith that trusts His will over all. It is a faith that trusts Him when He says “I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
A faith rooted in why Jesus came to the world will be rooted in eternity. It will be able to see past this world and into heavenly places. It will be rooted in gratefulness no matter the struggles of this temporary world. “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
What is the will of the Father?
“And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:40
Seek Jesus like your faith depends on it. Because it does.
“Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”
When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” Luke 8:8