First, in John, especially in John, read the entire section, chapter or passage and not just the miracle story. Anyway, in Sunday School class yesterday, we were discussing the miracle of the feeding of the 5000. Like the rest of John, you have to read the rest of the chapter. When you do so, you find a strict commendation of a lot of things, namely the Prosperity Gospel and believing that Christ came hear to give you anything by salvation and eternal life:
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.”
They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?”
Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” (Joh 6:26-29 NLT)
Go ahead and read the entire chapter, I’ll wait.
Okay, so you see why you should just stop at the sign – not a miracle per say. It is to show who Christ is and to encourage His disciples to find the reality of the sign. It wasn’t about God providing abundantly, but about Christ being the bread of life, and the understanding that the only work needed was to believe.
Christ didn’t come to give us earthly goods and riches, but to bring eternal life.
As a side note, I think John is interpreting his follow Evangelists, but that is another matter.