“Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves” (v26). Jesus had compassion on those who came to hear him preach, and he multiplied bread and fish to feed them. He demonstrated that he cared for their physical needs, and his power was more than sufficient; there were baskets of leftovers. However, Jesus’ desire was that people reach out for more than temporary help: “that you believe in him whom [the Father] has sent” (v29).
“The food that endures to eternal life” (v27) is more than crisis help; it is what Jesus died to give us: forgiveness, cleansing, restoration, and adoption into God’s family.