John 6:21-25
John 6:21 (KJB)
Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.
This seems to be a miracle which Christ performed in addition to the walking on the water. The ship was being tossed around by the violent storm and as soon as they knew that it was Jesus who was the one who was walking on the water, they willingly received Him into the ship and then immediately they were at their port of destination. This gives us an insight into the time when a believer dies physically. When a believer dies physically they go immediately into the presence of the Lord. (2 Cor 5:8 KJV) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. There is no purgatory or anything like that because the believer’s salvation has been secured on Calvary. Like the ship which was immediately at its destination with Jesus, we too, will be immediate in our destination of Heaven when we have gone through the trials and storms of life and finished our course.
John 6:22 (KJB)
The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with his disciples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone away alone;
There was only one boat left and this was after the disciples had left to go to Capernaum. The people did not know that Jesus had walked across the lake. They thought that He was still around and this is the crowd that wanted to make Him their king. They probably thought that maybe He had second thoughts about accepting their offer but He was nowhere to be found in that region.
John 6:23 (KJB)
(Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks:)
Tiberias was Roman built city on the western shore of the lake of Galilee. The Lake of Galilee was a fresh water lake which had plenty of fish. Tiberias was considered a Gentile city and Jesus did not minister there. This is the only place where the city is mentioned. Many small boats had come from Tiberias to the eastern shore where Jesus had fed the multitude. These people must have dropped everything and sought Jesus.
John 6:24 (KJB)
When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus.
Took Shipping - Got into the boats
Seeking - To earnestly and tenaciously seek after someone or something
After this, since the people could not find Jesus, they must have realized that He somehow crossed over to Capernaum (Village of Nahum) because that is where His disciples were headed and they knew that Jesus would not be separated from his disciples for very long. These people were not just casually looking for Jesus but they were in serious pursuit of finding Him. In our day, it is just a matter of getting in a car and driving a few miles or taking a bus but in those times, these people would have had to row the boat and the difficulty of rowing would have been based upon how many were in the boats. So to go about 7-8 miles by rowing was a great task and very tiresome. This is why fishermen in those days had to be strong, to be able to row and manage a ship in a storm. Capernaum was the place where Jesus did many of His miracles such as the healing of the Nobleman’s son in John 4:46-54.
John 6:25 (KJB)
And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?
The first question which must have been going through their minds was “how and when did He get here?” When they finally found Him, that was the first question they asked Him. It must have been a perplexing time for these people and probably a time of good discussion of the present events. They knew that when it came to miracles, they could not explain the how so therefore the best way to approach it is to ask when did He get here. It is the same with us. We never ask how we became saved because it is a great mystery how God can expunge all our sins and then the Holy Spirit indwells us, so the best question to ask is when did you get saved? Salvation is a watershed experience in the life of everyone who has become saved.