Summary: What happens when we take off the blinders of faith and really come to Jesus with the faith of a child who believes in the impossible?
GET OUT OF THE BOX!
A man became lost in his travels and wandered into a bed of quicksand.
Confucius saw the man’s predicament and said, “It is evident that men should stay out of places such as this.”
Next, Buddha observed the situation and said, “Let that man’s plight be a lesson to the rest of the world.”
Then Mohammed came by and said to the sinking man, “Alas, it is the will of God.”
Finally, Jesus appeared on the scene ad said, “Take my hand, brother. I will save you.
We have a common trend in the corporate world of America. It’s the idea of our need to expand our horizons. To look at things from a fresh perspective. To find out a new agenda or develop a new plan. We call this term “getting out of the box.”
Now, most of us work in offices or in cubicles for these companies. How interesting to think that while the higher ups are saying, “try to think outside of the box,” most of their employees are physically stuck in a box all day!
I guess the box is how we see things. How we have always seen things. It refers to how you have tended to think your whole life and the statement, “think outside of the box” is a term to make you think beyond what you normally think. Shift your paradigm.
Now there’s a only a few stories that have made it into all Four Gospels.
The Feeding of The Five Thousand.
We must realize the significance of this passage. Why do all four gospels mention that Jesus took Five loaves of bread and two fish and fed 5,000 people with them?
I have read this scripture many times and to be honest, it is not a miracle that really baffles my attention. Now, the widow’s son coming back to life! There’s a miracle. Or raising Lazarus – AWESOME! But the feeding of the five thousand???? I never got it till I read it from the Book of John.
You see, in John’s account the Disciples were the Ones in need of a paradigm shift. They needed a new way of looking at Jesus. They were familiar with his powerful teaching, his healing ministry. But here, when 5,000 people are holding their stomachs suddenly they run out of faith in who they have been following.
The Bible says, that Jesus saw this crowd and against the better judgment of His Disciples decided they would feed them.
Now first thing, He asks Phillip to see where they can get all the bread necessary.
Phillip, being a native of the area, knows the cost of such an endeavor. His analytical mind gets cranking and spells out the message of Impossible.
There are always people like that. You have come across the impossible and instantly, they are their to show you just how impossible it really is.
Philip was sadly stuck in the box.
Commonly for ourselves, this is our paradigm, being stuck in a box. And for the moment, it’s Philip’s mind.
You can’t see much in a box. In fact, it’s a bit constrictive. But that’s how Philip is thinking. Jesus, you may be a great teacher, but now you really don’t understand what’s going on here.
I think that Philip became what many of us become when we think in the box, rather than in the vision of God. The world calls it reasonable.
Then there’s Andrew.
Andrew is constantly outside the box. In fact, to be the brother of someone like Peter, I think you have to live outside of the box because Peter is always taking the high road.
Andrew is an interesting character. We don’t read much about Andrew, but we do know these things.
· Andrew brought Peter to Christ. – This was the first thing He did as Christ’s disciple.
· Andrew brought some Greeks to Christ.
· Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist.
Andrew was an outside the box kind of guy.
He comes to Jesus with a morsel. At least he came with something.
The Bible says he found a lad with “five small barley loaves and two small fish.”
Emphasis on Small I guess.
Then He asks a question that really means more that what he intended it to mean.
“But how far will they go among so many?”
You and I know the story all too well.
Jesus tells the people to sit. Breaks the Bread and Blesses it. Then hands it to the disciples to pass out to the people.
Twelve baskets left over.
The people want to make Him King.
Now, what’s the meaning of all this?
The meaning is that if all we ever think of Jesus is what is in our box, then that’s exactly what we will get.