24 when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they also got into boats and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. 25 And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You come here?”
when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there [Golan Heights area], nor His disciples,
The crowd persisted in their pursuit of Jesus to make Him king. This group searched for Jesus in the Golan Heights area but could not find Him there. Neither could they find a way whereby Jesus crossed the lake.
they also got into boats and came to Capernaum,
The remaining multitude boarded boats going to Capernaum. Jesus had friends and relatives in Capernaum and it was His headquarters (Mt 4:13).
“Seeking Jesus” is a noble quest when done right; however, the crowd sought Jesus for selfish reasons. They wanted Jesus for what they could get, not for what He could give. Their interest was not worship but food for their stomachs.
And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him [Jesus],
The crowd had many questions about what happened to Jesus after leaving the Golan Heights area.
“Rabbi” is a Hebrew title meaning “my master.” The Greek idea here means “teacher.” It is interesting that they not only viewed Jesus as a king but also as a teacher.
when did You come here?”
Jesus did not share anything about how He crossed the lake. He did not want the crowd to raise the question of making Him king again.
Jesus did not come to sustain life but to give life.
There is a proclivity among evangelicals to come to church seeking human fulfillment. They want their needs met above all. They do not come to Jesus primarily to worship Him. This is a focus on self rather than Jesus. Our focus should be to fellowship with the Lord.
We are to seek the Lord for the right reasons:
Ps 27: 8 When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”