John 6:27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.
Thousands of people were following Christ for the wrong reasons. They were looking for a king. They wanted someone who would take care of their temporal problems. Just think about it, Moses had ‘provided bread’ for their forefathers for forty years. This was what they were looking for, follow Jesus; He will get rid of the Romans, give everyone a great job, life would be good with this kind of king. There was only one little problem, Jesus was not that kind of king. His kingdom was not of this world. He was providing a different kind of bread. He was even asking them to work for a kingdom they couldn’t even see. You heard Him, “Don’t work for food that perishes. Work for that other kind of food”. Here are some thoughts from Matthew Henry on this passage.
“Labour not for the meat that perishes. This does not forbid honest labour for food convenient but we must not make the things of this world our chief care and concern. The things of the world are meat that perishes. Worldly wealth, honor, and pleasure, are meat; they feed the fancy (and many times this is all) and fill the belly. These are things which men hunger after as meat, and glut themselves with, and which a carnal heart, as long as they last, may make a shift to live upon… It is therefore folly for us inordinately to labour after them. We must not labour in religion, nor work the works thereof, for this perishing meat, with an eye to this; we must not make our religion subservient to a worldly interest, nor aim at secular advantages in sacred exercises. It is meat which endures to everlasting life; it is a happiness which will last as long as we must, which not only itself endures eternally, but will nourish us up to everlasting life.”
We have all seen it, politicians and business minded people love a good crowd. For them, the church exists to further their agenda. That is exactly the trap Judas fell into, he got caught in the politics of church business. Not exactly what Jesus had in mind. He didn’t stop at working for the true bread, He went on to demand that they eat His body and drink His blood. Jesus had His attention on another world, the one many people are totally unaware of. Which kingdom are you working for?