Summary: How many are going to Heaven? Why are so many lost and so few are saved? Answers to these questions are dealt with in this message.
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Today’s Sermon Title
Few Are Saved, Multitudes Are Lost
By-Evangelist Gary Huckaby
We take our text today from John 6:67-68; "Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life."
We have two heart searching questions from our text today. 1- "Will ye also go away?" 2- "To whom shall we go?" There are many miracles which Jesus did during His earthly ministry. His first miracle was changing water to wine in John chapter two. Matthew tells us that Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching, preaching, healing all manner of sickness, and disease among the people,Matthew 4:23. The next verse says that He healed sick folks, and demon possessed people, and the lunatic people, and those that had palsy. He healed a leper in Matthew 8:2-3. A centurion’s servant was healed in Matthew 8:5-10. A man which had a withered hand in Mark 3:1-5.
Three times it is recorded in the Bible that Jesus raised the dead. Then John says, that there are many other things which Jesus did the which, it they were written every one, the world could not contain the books that should be written. John 21:25. In John 20:30-31, we read, "And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name."
There is one miracle, however, that all four of the Gospels record in detail. The record of the feeding of the five thousand men besides women and children. No other miracle is recorded in all four of the New Testament first four books. Let us look at John’s record of this miracle today, for in it we shall see that there are many lessons to be learned. It surprises me when I come to the conclusion of John six, that i see five thousand men with the women and children sitting on the hill side on the grassy slopes near the sea of Galilee. I see them behold the miracle of the feeding of this multitude from the hands of Jesus when He broke the bread and fish and filled them all. Then instead of this multitude falling at His feet, they divided into two groups, one a large group, the other a small one. The large group then turn their backs on Him, and walk away, back to the communities from which they came. Then I see the small group of thirteen men standing on the grassy slopes, as Jesus saw the multitude walk away, He turned to those twelve men and said; "Will ye also go away?"
his is a picture that is set forth in literally dozens of places in the Bible. God divides the world, God divides the human race into two groups. They are not equal groups, for one is large, and the other a small group. This was true in Noah’s day. A small group was saved by an ark, a multitude perished. True in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah; a large group destroyed, and only a small group guided out by an angel.
It was true in Jesus day. Look at those who knew of Him during His public ministry. The small group to whom He said; "Fear not little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give to you the kingdom." It was also true when Jesus said; "Enter ye in at the straight gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." Matthew 7:13-14.
The same is true in our day, few are saved, multitudes are lost. This will be the case when Jesus returns from heaven. Only the few will be raptured away; and many left behind to suffer in the tribulation. This is why the prophet Joel said; "multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision" Joel 3:14.
But why did the multitude go away from Jesus, and only a few stayed with him? If we read carefully the sixth chapter of John, we will find several reasons why people went away from Jesus. Today they go away for the same reasons. I can see the same scene today that Jesus saw when with a broken heart and tear stained face, He watched the multitude go away in rejection, and then He turned to his little school and said; "Will ye also go away?"