Summary: If we have a need God can work a miracle!
LETTING GOD WORK THROUGH YOU
The feeding of the 5,000
From the four gospels
That evening the disciples came to him and said, "This is a desolate place, and it is getting late. Send the crowds away to the nearby villages and farms, so they can find food and lodging for the night. There is nothing to eat here in this deserted place. But Jesus replied, "That isn’t necessary, "You feed them. “Impossible!" they protested. “With what?" they asked. "It would take a small fortune to buy food for this entire crowd!" For there were about five thousand men therein the crowd. Turning to Philip, he asked, "Philip, where can we buy bread to feed all these people?" He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do. Philip replied, "It would take a small fortune to feed them! "How much food do you have?" he asked. "Go and find out." Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. "There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd? "Just tell them to sit down on the ground in groups of about fifty each," Jesus replied. So the people all sat down. Then Jesus told the crowd to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat in groups of fifty or a hundred. They sat down on the grassy slopes. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, Breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples to give to the people. They all ate until they were full; now gather the leftovers," Jesus told his disciples, "so that nothing is wasted." There were only five barley loaves to start with, but twelve baskets were filled with the pieces of bread the people did not eat! And they picked up twelve baskets of leftover bread and fish. About five thousand men had eaten from those five loaves, in addition to all the women and children!
Let us see what is going on here. Jesus had heard about his cousin, John the Baptist, being killed. He has gone off to be by himself with his followers but the crowd came to where he was so instead of taking a rest to grieve He spent the day teaching a large crowd. It came
time to eat. Man’s solution was to send them away so they could find something to eat. Jesus looked at His 12 followers and said no let us feed them. It is amazing to me that no one had brought their lunch but a small boy. What was that boy’s mother thinking when she sent him out there? What were all the others thinking that they did not bring something to eat? Let us take a long sentence here to bring meaning to what the lesson is that we need to learn.
“WHEN THERE IS A NEED SENSED BY A FEW AND EACH INDIVIDUAL UNDERSTANDS HIS RESPONSIBILITY AND GIVES HIS ALL REGARDLESS OF THE ODDS, THEN JESUS WORKS A MIRACLE.” Written by John Maxwell
1. WHEN THERE IS A NEED. We see here many people who have a hunger need. Not only were they hungry physically but also spiritually. Why else would they travel a far distance to listen to Jesus speak and for such a long time? I received a message that the average message of preachers today is 31 minutes. Now if you are charismatic the message is 40 minutes and Methodists is only 20 minutes. Is an average of 31 minutes of hearing God’s Word preached enough to last for a week? Many sit for an hour or more in front of a TV or a movie or a baseball game more than once a week and fill their minds with those things and can they still be satisfied with only ½ hour of God’s word on Sunday. I know that there are ones who miss coming every Sunday.