Summary: WE SEE IN THIS STORY THE PROBLEM THAT IS SHOWN,THE PERSON THAT IS FOUND, AND THE POWER THAT IS DISPLAYED.
A MIRACLE AT SUPPER TIME
Jesus had been healing many people from their diseases, and so a multitude began to seek Him out. Some wanted healing for themselves or loved ones. Others wanted to see a miracle worker. Some were truly seeking the Messiah. A crowd of 5,000 men, plus women and children was gathered around Him to watch and listen, and Jesus decided to impress all of them with a miracle that would touch each personally, He decided to feed them all. Philip remarked, “Even if we had $10,000, that would only provide a little food for each person!” But there was a boy with 5 pieces of bread, and 2 small fish, which Jesus miraculously turned into plenty of food for about 15,000 people. Plus, there were twelve baskets of bread left over, no doubt a lesson to the 12 disciples.
This story is more than a child’s story, it is for adults too. Let us look at the truths of this story.
I-NOTICE THE PROBLEM THAT IS SHOWN: 2
Matthew say it was evening, Mark says the day was far spent, and the multitudes had brought no food. They were hungry and tired.
A-The Seeing Of Jesus: 34
And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.
John 6:5 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?
Jesus saw the needs of the people, both spiritual and physical. HE SAW. So many today don’t see the the needs of others around them.
Former Michigan State football coach Duffy Daugherty tells a great story about a winning field goal kicked by a young man name Dave Kaiser against UCLA many years ago. The game was in Los Angeles and the field goal gave Michigan a 17-14 victory.
As Dave Kaiser came back to the bench to meet the roaring enthusiasm of his teammates, Coach Daugherty said: "Nice going, Dave, but I noticed you didn’t watch the ball after you kicked it. How come?"
Kaiser replied, "You’re right coach, I didn’t watch the ball. I was watching the referee to see how he would call it. You see, I forgot my contact lenses. They are back at the hotel. I couldn’t even see the goal posts!"
But Jesus could see. You know the reason he saw them? It was because of His love for them. Our love for people sometimes is so indifference, so half-hearted.
In 1928, a very interesting case came before the courts in Massachusetts. It concerned a man who had been walking on a boat dock when suddenly he tripped over a rope and fell into the cold, deep water of an ocean bay. He came up sputtering and yelling for help and then sank again, obviously in trouble. His friends were too far away to get to him, but only a few yards away, on another dock, was a young man sprawled on a deck chair, sunbathing. The desperate man shouted, ’Help, I can’t swim!’ The young man, an excellent swimmer, only turned his head to watch as the man floundered in the water, sank, came up sputtering in total panic, and then disappeared forever. The family of the drowned man was so upset by that display of callous indifference that they sued the sunbather. They lost. The court reluctantly ruled that the man on the dock had no legal responsibility whatever to try and save the other man’s life. In effect, the law agrees with Cain’s presupposition: I am not my brother’s keeper, and I have every legal right to mind my own business and to refuse to become involved.
B-The Survey Of Phillip:John 6:5b-7
Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? 6: And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do. 7: Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.
He looked at the crowd too, he saw the size and the rsources and said, Lord, we could never borrow that much money. I imagine he asked Judas, how much was in the bag and found out they only had two hundred pennyworth.
It would have taken two-thirds of a man’s yearly salary to have purchased enough food just for them to have had a little.
He was walking by sight and not faith. He needed to put his faith in Jesus Christ.
Some people look at the partially filled GLASS OF WATER and call it half empty; others call it half full.
I READ A HUMOROUS STORY THIS PAST WEEK OF TWO FARMERS: one was negative, always down and gloomy, while the other farmer was always happy and full of joy. The positive farmer would get up in the morning and say, “The sun is so bright, it is going to be a wonderful day.” The negative farmer would say, “It is going to burn up the crops.”The optimistic farmer said, “Oh, it is raining today. God is watering our crops.” The pessimistic farmer said, “If it doesn’t quit raining it is