John 6:24 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 6:24, NIV: "Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus."

John 6:24, ESV: "So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus."

John 6:24, KJV: "When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus."

John 6:24, NASB: "So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they themselves got into the small boats and came to Capernaum, looking for Jesus."

John 6:24, NLT: "So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went across to Capernaum to look for him."

John 6:24, CSB: "When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus."

What does John 6:24 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The ever-growing crowd is looking for Jesus as a result of His various miracles (John 6:2). In particular, He has just fed more than five thousand people with a tiny portion of bread and fish (John 6:9–14). The crowd is certainly enthusiastic. They are willing to row across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum, hoping to find Him there. Prior verses indicated that the crowd had seen Jesus send the disciples across the water (Matthew 14:22). What they did not see was Jesus walking on the waves overnight, as the disciples were struggling against high winds and waves (John 6:16–21).

This, as far as it goes, is exactly the reaction Jesus' miracles are meant to inspire. John refers to these supernatural events as signs, since they are meant to point people in a particular direction. Unfortunately, as later verses will show, the vast majority of this crowd is not seeking spiritual truth. They want entertainment and free food, so when Jesus clarifies His ministry, most of them will walk away in disgust.