They've been looking for the miracle worker that baked 25,000 barley loaves (not including what wife and kids ate) without an oven yesterday, and they've just found Him.
He doesn't answer their first question at all, rather gently reminds them what alone is really worth pursuing.
"Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you."
(John 6:27 KJV)
Whether or not they actually understand what He's saying, they are plainly intrigued. So they ask another question. The answer to which has me positively intrigued...
"Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe..."Belief changes everything.
(John 6:28-29 KJV emphasis added)
Because if Christ really came, then God is really good, and self-love is really a lie, and sin is really a destroyer, and who wants to die anyway?
I have some news for you.
Christ came. (Matchless condescension.)
And He comes again, every time a dark heart opens its door. (Again, matchless condescension.)
What more proof do we need of His benevolence?
And if He is benevolent, then where's the controversy?
Believing is everything.
We only ever hesitate to serve a God whose character we question.