“15Then Jesus, realizing that they were about to come and make Him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by Himself.” John 6
The question is wasn’t Jesus a king and didn’t he want people to accept him?
When Jesus performed a miracle, the purpose was to identify who he was as the son of God. The purpose was not to satisfy the carnal desires of people. That is why carnal men always misinterpret Jesus’ purpose.
for these people to see the miracle and then want to make him King what’s the satisfy their own desires for an earthly King who would rule over this earthly realm and defeat the enemies of the Jewish people. Jesus did intend to rule and he intended to defeat the enemy of the people. But Jesus later told pilot who asked if he was a king, the yes he was but his kingdom is not of this world. Jesus said that he would build his kingdom and the gates of Hades would not prevail against it.
When men seek for carnal things, they will never do a spiritual work. Carnal minded men do carnal minded things. The carnal thinking of the people who ate his bread would not choose what God would choose because while men look at things on the outside, God looks at things on the inside.
“Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
Just think how many people today want a messiah who will give them bread when they want it, and who will work a miracle for them each time they call, but they turn away every time he speaks a difficult truth to them. Just as when Jesus taught his own disciples a hard saying about how he must be their food and drink, they turned away because the teaching was too hard.
Let me ask you if you want the king who now rules over his kingdom from heaven, seated at the right hand of God? Colossians chapter 3 verse 1 says if you’ve been raised up with christ, keep seeking the things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Are you happy to be a faithful subject of the king, who Paul says is the only sovereign, the king of kings, and the Lord of lords?
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