How should we interpret “not because you saw signs” (οὐχ ὅτι εἴδετε σημεῖα) in John 6:26?
Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. (John 6:26, ESV)
Ἀπεκρίθη αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς καὶ εἶπεν· ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, ζητεῖτέ με οὐχ ὅτι εἴδετε σημεῖα, ἀλλʼ ὅτι ἐφάγετε ἐκ τῶν ἄρτων καὶ ἐχορτάσθητε. (John 6:26, NA27)
The rest of the verse is clear about people wanting Jesus to keep feeding them physical food. Is Jesus saying he communicated a message in each sign? Jesus’ Bread of Life discourses are clearly associated with feeding the five thousand. Before healing the man born blind in John 9, Jesus said, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:5, ESV) Before raising Lazarus, Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live …” (John 11:25, ESV) But, the other four of the seven signs before the crucifixion and resurrection don’t have clear cut connections. The location where the bind man was healed, Bethesda (בֵּית חַסְדָּא, same in Peshitta) meaning house of mercy, might be making a connection. Is John expecting us to make connections about who Jesus is with these seven signs?