“And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.”
There are two reasons that the people in the verse above followed Jesus. The first reason was because of the miracles which He performed. They were so desirous to see another miracle that they followed Him everywhere. These people were wrapped up in the spectacular, and they wondered what would be the next spectacular thing that Jesus would do; they wondered what the next miracle would be.
The second reason these people followed Jesus was because of His blessings on their life. It says in verse 26, “Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.” These people not only enjoyed the miracles, but they enjoyed the blessings of being able to partake of the miracles. They enjoyed being fed and filled by the Saviour, and they followed Him because they felt His blessings would always be there anytime they wanted them.
We find that if these are the only two reasons that people follow Jesus, they will quickly stop following Him when it’s not popular to follow Him. It says about these people in verses 66-67, “From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?” It’s amazing how the multitude of people walked away from the very Person they used to follow when everything was benefitting them. However, the Jesus who performed the miracles and fed them was the same Jesus from whom they walked away when He was controversial and no longer beneficial to their desires.
There is a great danger in following the miraculous and blessings of the Saviour instead of following the Saviour for Who He is and for what He wants you to do. If you only go to church or serve God because of the miracles, you will quickly quit when you don’t see those miracles. Let me remind you that God doesn’t do the miraculous on a daily basis. I have watched many people follow the “next big church” instead of following the truths of God’s Word. It always amazes me how people who once went to a large independent Baptist church quickly change when that church is no longer the hot commodity of the day. The reason they change is because they were following the miracles of the church and not the truths that were being preached in that church.
Moreover, if the only reason you follow Christ and serve Him is because of His blessings, you will quickly stop serving Him when the blessings seem to dry up. There are going to be times in the Christian walk when God’s miracles and blessings will seem to dry up. If you only serve God when times are good, you will quickly stop serving Him when times get tough. God’s blessings will not always flow in your life. There are going to be times when you must walk through the wilderness, and following God because of the blessings will cause you to stop following Him when you must walk through the wilderness or the valley.
My friend, let me remind you that God is still God when the miracles and blessings seemed to have dried up. Don’t stop following Christ just because these things seemed to have stopped. Certainly, you should enjoy the miracles and blessings when they are plentiful, but don’t stop following Him when they stop. The miracles and blessings will come again if you don’t stop following Him when they seem to have dried up.