The lure of the welfare State attracted the crowds to Jesus. "Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled" (John 6:26). They viewed Jesus as a potential candidate for king because He could feed them. They associated free food with political authority, which was the same presumption that the urban proletariat in Rome was making. If accommodated, this outlook would end in political tyranny and national bankruptcy. Jesus knew this, so He departed from them (John 6:11-15).
- Gary North, Priorities and Dominion: An Economic Commentary on Matthew Ch. 1 (1999), at www.garynorth.com/freebooks: HTML