John 6:33 “I am bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”

John 6:1-3 After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples.

We see in the Gospels that huge crowds of people would follow Jesus, because of Him healing the sick and casting out demons. Jesus would need a boat prepared for Him if the crowd was too large. There are many different levels in our relationship with Jesus, some only see Jesus as their Savior from sin, others as their Healer from sickness, others as their Provider for things, others as their Life. We see that great multitudes were following, because of the signs that He performed (John 6:2). We also see another group of people, known as His disciples, who were following His lifestyle and word. A disciple is known as a learner of Christ. Jesus often went in private places alone to pray to His Father. Here in John 6:3, we see that His disciples are with Him on a mountain, which signifies a spiritual high place that is separate from the lower plane of life. Being with Jesus on the mountain is where intimate communion occurs. It is a life that is lived in the Spirit. It is a place of revelation. It is a place of receiving spiritual wisdom and understanding.

The initial call of the disciples began on a mountain

Mark 3:13, 14  And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. 14 Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach.

The Lord did call those he wanted, but the disciples still had to respond to the call. That is always our first responsibility is obeying the word of God that is revealed to us now. A lot of people are looking for a word of the Lord for their life, but they don’t diligently read or apply the word of God given in the Bible to their lives. Secondly, the call of Christ is firstly to know Jesus not just do works of faith. Paul stated, “To live is Christ, to die is gain,” notice he did not say to live is to preach the gospel or even start churches, Paul’s first line of business was to know and walk with Jesus. It is out of the overflow that we minister to people. We don’t have to put something on, but rather it is who we are.

Philippians 3:10 “That I may know Him”

Later in John 17:3, Jesus said eternal life was to know God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent. Eternal life that God gave the world is wrapped up in the person of Jesus. Eternal life is not something we experience after we die, but eternal life is the life of Jesus.

It is a place of separation from the flesh and the world to a place of holiness to the Lord

They were called to leave their call in the world, whether it was to leave their traditions in following Judaism of that time, or leave their jobs, or leave the commonplace of the world. While on Mount Sinai, Moses received the word of God that Israel was to be a special treasure to the Lord above all people, a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. The same is true today for New Testament Christians, listen to what Peter says in 1 Peter 2:9 – 11.

1 Peter 2:9-11 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. 11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul. 

Amen! We are a people that have been separated to the purposes of Jesus.  Notice in verse 11, Peter really emphasizes us being separate from the world in calling us sojourners and pilgrims, meaning we are a people that are just passing through the world. Paul had the similar vision for believers, when he declared that we are living for an upward calling. The writer of Hebrews exhorts us to go outside from the commonplace of the world or what is popular today, so we can share in the reproach of Christ. Being outside the camp will automatically cause us to be targets of scorn and mocking, since we are not aligning our lives to the world. Jesus is always outside of the popular, remember the words of Jesus that the way is narrow that leads to life and few find it.

Philippians 3:14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 13:13 Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach.

It is a place of revelation

On a mountain Moses received the revelation of the Ten Commandments. Also on a mountain Peter, James, and John received the vision of Jesus being transfigured to visible glory. Revelations that come to us will strengthen our hearts. The symbolism of a mountain is one of being immovable. Revelation of the knowledge of Jesus will cause us to stand against our enemies and trials that come from life.

It is a place of seeking the face of the Lord

Psalm 24:3,4,6 Who may ascend into the hill of the LordOr who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face.

Other translations say mountain of the Lord. The key is that going up the mountain requires us to have hearts of holiness and purity. We abandoning ourselves to the will of God and seeking the face of the Lord.

John 6:4-6 Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.

Nothing takes Jesus by surprise, this is the great benefit in walking with Him! Jesus sometimes places us in impossible circumstances. True faith is birthed out of a heart that believes in the impossible with God. It is a heart that is totally dependent on the Lord.

John 6:7-9 Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.” One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”

The responses of Philip and Andrew show us that they were leaning on their own understanding. They were looking at his own resources to perform the work of God. We on a dangerous path if we lean on our own understanding. The easy path to take is to live by your own power and be in control of your life.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding.

John 6:10 Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.

The work of the Lord is one of a rest from our own works. There is a rest for the people of God, those who chose to live by faith. That is why Jesus made the people sit down, meaning He wanted them to rest in the work of God. This was the same response that Lazarus had when Jesus raised him from the dead (John 12:2), he knew that Jesus was the resurrection and the life. Lazarus sat at the table with Jesus. His heart was in a posture of dependency on the Lord.

Psalm 23:1,2 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures.

Hebrews 4:10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.

John 6:11,12 And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.”

Jesus demonstrates to us a perfect example of a Spirit-filled man. A lot of people think being Spirit-filled is being emotional during praise songs. Being Spirit-filled is all about character rather than emotions. However, a Spirit-filled man will be excited and on fire for the Lord, which will seem emotional. A fleshy man is one of complaining and discontented, while a Spirit-filled man is one of thankfulness.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Ephesians 5:18 – 20 Be filled with the Spirit, 19speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Remember that Jesus was trying to get them to make the connection between the food and Him. We see that Jesus gave them as much as they wanted, meaning we can as much of Jesus as we want. It’s a choice. Jesus wants to fill us to overflowing. Even the fragments in our life that are of Christ, will not go to waste.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

John 6:13 – 15 Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. 14 Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.

Moses prophesied of a prophet that would come that would be like him. It is not said in this passage if these people received John the Baptist. True prophets always bring a word that reveals the word of God for that season. The word of God that came to John was “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” His ministry was to prepare the way of the Lord. Revelation 19:10 summarizes for us the spirit of prophecy as the testimony of Jesus Christ. Noticed that the Jews wanted to make Jesus king, but the source of it was for selfish gain, the way of the flesh (we will see later). They had a earthly view of what the Messiah was about, they thought He was going to establish a government on earth, like during the times of king David. Jesus will one day rule on earth, but first He needs to be king of your heart and rule your life by His Spirit. The government of God in the heart of man is known as the kingdom of God. The advent of this in the heart of man is known as being born again (John 3:5). This was also a temptation to Jesus, because He had to resist the praise of man and it wasn’t His time to rule. The devil wanted Jesus to carry out His own will, going alone to the mountain, showed He was saying “I am all about my Father’s will.” We also need to learn to resist doing our own will, even if it seems good for us.

You are complete in Him (Jesus) .

Colossians 2:10