If you are going to let me present moving thoughts, you are going to get draft-like choppy bits. Don’t expect the pretty and presentable.
In John 6, at the Sea Tiberias, a large crowd of about 5,000
was following Jesus because they saw the signs he was doing on the sick. From two fish and five loaves came as much food
as they wanted. They ate their fill,
with twelve baskets of fragments left over.
The next day the crowd went seeking Jesus again. And Jesus corrects them “you are seeking me
not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.” They were coming for the food that perishes,
and Jesus redirects them to seek the food of himself that endures to eternal
In John 21, Jesus is again at the Sea of Tiberias, this time with seven disciples. They were fishing and had caught nothing, but at the direction of Jesus, their net was full of many large fish, 153.
John said, “it is the Lord!”
Peter heard it was the Lord, jumped into the sea and swam to
The other disciples came in the boat. They headed for Jesus, dragging the fish
They came to Jesus on the shore, and Jesus had to direct them back to the boat for the fish. Fish and bread, and Jesus said, “Come have breakfast.”
And none of the disciples dared ask Jesus, “who are you?” They
knew it was the Lord.
Look at how these two different groups treat the abundance
of fish. One wants more fish. When Jesus asks them to believe in him, they
ask for a work to be performed so that they could believe.
The other group drags the abundance of fish behind them and heads
straight for Jesus. They don’t ask for
more fish, the practically forget the fish they have. They come to Jesus. And they know without even asking he is the
Lord. “Jesus revealed himself to the disciples” 21:1 and “Jesus was revealed to the disciples” 21:14.
John 6:45 … It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to [Jesus].
Jeremiah 31:34. …and no longer shall each one teach his
neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least
of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. :33 I will put my law within them,
and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God and they shall be my
2 Cor 4:6. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
The second, smaller group of disciples were God-taught? A revealing, a shining, had happened in their hearts.