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. Do not labour 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.” — John 6: 26–27
We receive divine food in our fellowship with the Lord.
Our Bible text is preceded by the feeding of the five thousand. Many people followed Jesus because of His miraculous deeds, but there may also have been other significant motivating factors such as curiosity or the desire to get something to eat. Jesus decries this in our Bible text, especially the fact that the people did not recognise the symbolic aspects of the events. By way of this miracle, he had intended to demonstrate that God is present in Him, and that all people can enjoy fellowship with God through Him (John 14: 9).
We receive divine food in fellowship with the Lord, which reveals itself in:
- the word of the sermon and
- in Holy Communion.
For our part, we seek the fellowship with the Lord in prayer and gratitude, and by accepting His comfort.