Summary: A message on Jesus’ miracle by the shore of Galilee.
FEEDING THE FIVE THOUSAND
INTRO: We have read the story of this miracle many times and we know it
was one of the greatest miracles performed by Christ. It is so significant that it is the only passage of the actions of Christ that is recorded in all four of the gospels. Maybe we have not given it the attention we should.
I. THE PLACE AND TIME.
1. The only miracle performed that has specific dates and places
(1) The Sea of Galilee.
(2) The Passover was at hand.
(3) A large crowd of people were present.
(4) Jesus positions Himself so that all could see Him.
2. The people knew that Jesus would go to Jerusalem at the
Passover and they might not see Him again for a long time.
(1) We should take advantage of every opportunity that we have
for service and fellowship with Him.
(2) We may never have another opportunity.
II. THE MIRACLE ITSELF.
1. The notice Christ took of the multitude.
(1) He was pleased with their attendance and concerned for their
(2) His enquiry about providing for them.
a. He asked Phillip—who had seen all His miracles.
b. Phillip should have said: "Lord it is easy for you to feed
c. He takes it for granted that they will eat with Him.
(3) Christ having fed their souls with the bread of life:
a. Now feeds their bodies.
b. That we might learn to pray for our daily bread.
(4) Phillip’s faith is small.
a. Not enough in the treasury to feed them.
b. Phillip did not trust in God’s power.
(5) Andrew was willing to give all they have because of Jesus’
concern for the multitude.
a. Barley bread when the Canaanites were used tot he best of
b. When God gives us the finer things we are to be thankful
c. Two small fishes—one is not enough to be a meal.
III. THE RESULTS OF THE MIRACLE.
1. Twelve baskets-full are left over.
(1) Because of their investment each disciple received interest
on what he had.
(2) Jesus teaches us not to waste.
a. The Jews were careful not to drop any bread.
b. Christ could command food at any time but He didn’t waste
what He had.
c. He fills the cup but He causes it to overflow as well.
CONC: The message of the Parable is clear. If men would offer to Jesus what they have, no matter how small, He could call down God’s heavenly grace upon it and thereby return it with spiritual potential that we could never imagine.