Archive for April 27th, 2018

John 6:10-15

John 6:10-15 has Jesus dealing with the impossible situation of feeding the 5000.  He has just asked Philip what to do, and was told it was not possible.  Andrew had just suggested the little boy with some fish and loaves as a start. Five loaves and two fish to be exact. But now, Jesus takes over.  “Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” There was a nice carpet of green grass in this place. They sat down, about five thousand of them”.  Jesus was in no panic or hurry.  He didn’t appear worried at all.  After all, He had these fish and some bread to work with, and only five thousand to feed. He had a huge catering job to get done, but went about His work in an orderly way, making them sit down upon the grass.

Jesus did everything in a very orderly way. Those there had to come under Jesus’ plan to receive Jesus’ miraculous provision. And then He took action.  He thanked God for what He had to work with.  It wasn’t complaining He didn’t have enough resources.  Just thanksgiving to God.  “Then Jesus took the bread and, having given thanks, gave it to those who were seated. He did the same with the fish. All ate as much as they wanted”.  He fed those who followed His instruction to sit on the grass.  And not only did He give them some food, they all had all they could eat.  But wait, there is more.

Jesus didn’t just meet the immediate need.  “When the people had eaten their fill, he said to his disciples, “Gather the leftovers so nothing is wasted.” They went to work and filled twelve large baskets with leftovers from the five barley loaves”.  Jesus was generous, giving everyone as much as they wanted.  And He demonstrated the giving character of God the Father, who always gives us more than we deserve.  Jesus didn’t waste any of what God provided.  He had the disciples gather it all and they ended up with more scraps than they began with.  God is not limited in His ability or generosity.

It was a pretty powerful miracle, to say the least.  So what was the crowd reaction?  “The people realized that God was at work among them in what Jesus had just done. They said, “This is the Prophet for sure, God’s Prophet right here in Galilee!” Jesus saw that in their enthusiasm, they were about to grab him and make him king, so he slipped off and went back up the mountain to be by himself”.  The crowd loved Jesus for the bread He gave them, but went off on a tangent to try and make Him king.  We often only love Jesus for what He give us as well, rather than simply loving and obeying our Savior and Lord.  Do you love Jesus for who He is, or what He does?

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