The next day the crowd that had stayed on the far shore saw that the disciples had taken the only boat,
and they realized Jesus had not gone with them.
Several boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the Lord had blessed the bread and the people had eaten.
So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there,
they got into the boats and went across to Capernaum to look for him. (John 6:22-24)
Relate: Logistics. It would have been a lot easier in our day than what the first century followers in Galilee had to deal with, wouldn’t it? They wanted to make Jesus king whether He wanted it or not so Jesus simply disappeared. Where did He go? Every crowd is going to have their logistics people, the natural leaders, the thinkers. These guys would have put their heads together and start asking around. OK, only one boat is missing. The twelve got in it but there are a few people who all agree that Jesus was not in that boat. OK. The nearest big city is Tiberias. Let’s send some boats up that way to see if He was headed there. Nope? Send some guys back over to the mountainside where He fed us lunch and where we first lost Him. Did He pop back up over that way? Nope? Great. We’ve lost Him. Well, His home is over in Capernaum. We might as well head over that way. Sooner or later He is bound to show up back over there.
All this searching and running about, back then would have taken at the quickest, a large chunk of at least one day. Just think how much quicker we could have accomplished this in our day. Those logistics guys would all have traded cell numbers. Then they would send out a bunch of people at once. A few would head to the mountain, and then one or two to each would cover pretty much every town near the shore all the way around the lake. The rest would stay at some place where they could hold the crowd together. That place would have to be somewhere that could easily launch everyone out as soon as they had a destination. If you get some Sea-doos and maybe a few speed boats on the job and in an hour or two tops Jesus would have been found. It would still be a lot of work. It would still take a lot of time, but Jesus is worth it.
React: To be honest, in our day and age I wonder how many would even be bothered. it is just as easy to watch the simulcast of His messages from home where it is much more comfortable. I know, I know Domino’s delivers everywhere and they can get a driver over to that mountainside but I’m pretty sure it would not arrive in thirty minutes or less. The weatherman predicted a storm tonight and sometimes that Jesus tends to preach long. Besides, if the message isn’t all that interesting we can just switch the channel over to Walking Dead. Oh yah, Real Madrid is playing Barca tonight and I’ll want to at least stay updated on that.
The crowd in Jesus’ time took days out of their life to go see Jesus. When He disappeared they spent days more searching for Him. How many today can’t even be bothered to set an alarm on their day off to go meet with Him when there’s a gathering of the church on practically every street corner? In the western world, we have it so easy that sometimes I begin to wonder if we even have it at all? Is it possibly to truly find Jesus when we have been fooled into believing that we don’t need to search?
God, I want You. I want more of You. It is so easy to grab a piece here or there in convenience and ease without ever losing my comfort. But is that really You? Make me uncomfortable. Set me out on a hunt. Help me to realize that You are a treasure worth giving up everything I have. Help me to understand that the only way I can truly have You is when I actually have given up everything else. Help me to let go of the convenience, and ease, and lure of this world so that I can lay hold of You. Help me to search until I have truly found You.