The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lake realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples, but that they had gone away alone. Then some boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 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. When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”
Jesus had escaped the crowd as he intended, yet they still pursued him. If he had been tightroping over the lake or windsurfing it would have been the same. He was the local Harry Houdini - the latest spectacle to be seen. They would want to now the secret of his 'tricks'.
How rare is a true spiritual hunger! Today, the financial markets are crashing around our ears. How much more attention this receives than the parlous state of men's hearts!