John 1:37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
Why do people go to church? Why do many claim christianity as their religion? Why do people wear crucifixes? Why do folks claim to be followers of Jesus?
The answers to these questions are clearly wide and varied. But one thing is for sure...not everyone that goes to church, claims Christianity, wears a crucifix or even claims to be followers is not doing it for the right reason.
I have heard people tell me that they are a “christian” because their mom and dad were and they “passed it down”....but they really don’t do anything with it. I have often seen the pop singer Madonna wear huge crucifixes and wondered if she really cares about what Jesus says? We have at least one example in the Bible where Jesus criticized some followers for seeking him for the wrong, selfish reasons.
John 6:24-27 When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus. (25) And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither? (26) 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. (27) 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.
Here he confronts these people that are seeking him. He tells them that they were only looking for him because the day before he fed the large crowd of people and they were looking for another free meal.
Do people “follow” Jesus today for selfish or wrong reasons? Perhaps. If they did then they probably do today as well.
In our text this morning we find that two disciples that heard Jesus speak....and they followed him! They followed him BECAUSE of the message! They followed him BECAUSE of the truths that he spoke! They followed him BECAUSE of the hope that only Jesus can offer because of his Good news!
Likewise, in Jesus’ response to to those following Jesus for food, he tells them in verse 27...labor not for worldly, temporary stuff, but rather labor the “meat” or substance that can lead to eternal life! That is ONLY the word of God!