|The Meat Which Endureth
Unto Eternal Life:
|The Meat Which Endureth Unto
The day following, when the people which stood on the
other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat
there, save that one whereinto his disciples were entered,
and that Jesus went not with his disciples into the boat,
but that his disciples were gone away alone; (Howbeit
there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place
where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given
thanks:) When the people therefore saw that Jesus was
not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping,
and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus. And when
they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said
unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?
Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto
you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but
because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour
not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which
endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall
give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. (KJV)
The day after the miracle of the loaves, the people were looking for Jesus. They knew that the
disciples of Jesus had taken a boat across the sea. Jesus, however, was not in that ship when it
left for its journey. There were other ships that left from Tiberias, which is close to where the
feeding of the five thousand occurred. When the people were unable to find either Jesus or His
disciples, they took a ship to the other side of the sea. Upon arrival and finding Jesus, they ask
Him when He came across the sea.
Jesus rebuked them. They sought Him for all the wrong reasons. The miracles Jesus performed
had nothing to do with it. They were concerned with the physical things they had received. All they
were concerned with was their bellies, and their own lusts.
Jesus gave them a contrast: meat which perishes vs. meat which endures. It is, in essence, the
same contrast which He had drawn in His first statement between miracles and loaves.
Meat Which Perishes
The people were thinking only of their stomachs. They were preoccupied with the here and now,
with the physical. People have not changed. Take a look at what draws crowds many times: a
fulfilling of the physical, not an appeal to the spiritual. People are looking for what will physically
benefit them, whether it is food, comfort, riches, etc. People are looking for the wrong things.
Meat Which Endures
What they needed to seek was eternal and everlasting. Rather than the things which appealed to
the flesh, they needed to seek those things which pertained to the spirit. That was not the bread
which they took into their bellies, but the bread which represents Jesus’ doctrine, or teaching. It is
the combination of the miracles, the parables, the sermons and the sayings along with the
example that Jesus put before them. Jesus will emphasize this as He continues to speak to the
(1 Peter 1:22-25) Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit
unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth
and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass.
The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth
for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. (KJV)
(Matthew 6:24-34) No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the
other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and
mammon. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye
shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the
body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor
gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought
for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into
the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought,
saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For
after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have
need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all
these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the
morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Heaven Holds All To Me
Earth holds no treasures but perish with using, However precious they be;
Yet there’s a country to which I am going, Heaven holds all to me.
Out on the hills of that wonderful country, Happy, contented and free,
Angels are waiting and watching my coming, Heaven holds all to me.
Why would I long for the world and its sorrows, When in that home o’er the sea
Millions are singing the wonderful story? Heaven holds all to me.
Heaven holds all to me, Brighter its glory will be;
Joy without measure will be my treasure, Heaven holds all to me.
Tillit S. Tiddle,
Colossians 2:20-23) Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world,
why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle
not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of
the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh. (KJV)