John 6:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 6:15, NIV: "Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself."

John 6:15, ESV: "Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself."

John 6:15, KJV: "When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone."

John 6:15, NASB: "So Jesus, aware that they intended to come and take Him by force to make Him king, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself, alone."

John 6:15, NLT: "When Jesus saw that they were ready to force him to be their king, he slipped away into the hills by himself."

John 6:15, CSB: "Therefore, when Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself."

What does John 6:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In a practical sense, the massive crowd following Jesus (John 6:2) has the correct response to His latest, most public miracle. They want to make Him King, in part because they recognize His prophetic fulfillment (John 6:14). However, their approach is in error on several accounts.

First and foremost, the vast majority of these people are not heralding Jesus as King because they recognize their need for God or because they believe in His message. They are responding to the spectacle of a miracle, the handout of free food (John 6:26), and the prospect of shrugging off Roman occupation (John 11:48; 18:31). When Jesus puts his miracles—which the gospel of John calls signs—into proper perspective, most of those adoring Him now will simply turn and walk away (John 6:66).

Secondly, this is not the moment Jesus is meant to be publicly, openly declared as King. That moment is about a year away (John 6:4), at the triumphal entry just prior to His crucifixion (John 12:12–15). Throughout the gospel of John, Jesus shows an iron-clad devotion to God's divine schedule (John 7:6; John 16:25).