Prior to this verse, Jesus had fed over 5,000 hungry people who had traveled to see Him. The Lord’s compassion for the crowd moved Him to multiply one boy’s lunch, miraculously feeding everyone in attendance with leftovers to go. Jesus demonstrated His capability to meet the needs of those who would seek Him using a physical example, but He wanted them to understand that He could feed a person’s soul with heavenly nourishment forevermore.
Many did follow Jesus to His next destination, but for some, it was the earthly bread that they were after. The Lord has so much more to offer than bodily sustenance. For the believer who desires to feast on His word, digest His precepts, and be filled with His Spirit, the hunger and thirst of the soul will never lack fulfillment. Today, may we long to be richly fed with the love and righteousness that only Jesus Christ can provide. Bon Appétit!