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Summary: What you focus on when the issue is impossible is very telling of where your trust is. Our responsibility in life is to trust Jesus, to desire more of Him. We are to learn from the lessons being played out before us, and still lean on Him always.

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Trusting God for Provision and Safety

John 6:1-21

Introduction

- The gospel of John screams of the faith that we should have in Christ

-- It is the clearest example of living life FOR the one who redeemed you and I

- When it comes to matters of faith, sometimes seeing is believing

-- But other times, knowing is what really grows & strengthens our faith

-- This morning, we are presented with two unique stories from Jesus’s ministry

-- Both give us opportunity to pause and reflect on God’s ability to provide

- Read John 6:1-15 / Pray

∆ Point 1 – Feeding the 5,000

- Once again, we see Jesus and the disciples travel to another area

-- The reference to the Sea of Tiberias here should not confuse us

-- This particular body of water has been referred to by four names

-- Sea of Galilee, Sea of Tiberias, Lake of Gennesaret, Sea of Kinnereth

- And once again, a crowd of people has followed behind him

-- As we see in v2, they are following because of the works they’ve seen

-- Consider: These are more interested in the show, than what He offers

-- Re: Jesus has already said they don’t believe without a sign (Jn 4:48)

- Jesus finds a spot for them to sit and rest (v3)

-- With the Passover drawing near, many may have been here already

-- So Jesus, seeing the crowd, poses an interesting question to Philip

- Side note: Jesus already knows what the response is going to be

-- His question is to get Philip into thinking about the situation at hand

-- Philip, definitely showing some mathematical capabilities, answers (v7)

-- “It would be impossible to feed all these people at once!”

- The issue here with Philip is he is focused on the human realm

-- He does not grasp this truth: the impossible is possible with God

-- So instead, he is ready to give up knowing they cannot feed these people

- Andrew however, is a little more on the practical side (v8-9)

-- He, in doing a little research, finds a boy who has brought a sack lunch

- It is important to note what this boy is actually carrying

-- A barley loaf would probably be about the size of a large dinner roll

-- And these fish? Think sardines … Greek word is opsarion – literally tiny fish

-- So Jesus takes this boy’s sack lunch, and the disciples have everyone sit

- IMP: The purpose of what is about to happen is not so everyone can eat

-- John records that there are 5,000 men here before them

-- But this does not take into account women, children, and perhaps servants

-- Estimates have put this crowd at 15,000 or even 20,000 people

- Jesus then offers a blessing over the meal (v11) and distributes the food

-- Note: This miracle is the only one mentioned in all four gospels

-- And as we know here, each had more than their fill to eat

- God’s promise to provide is throughout scripture; here is one such example

-- And another: Jeremiah 31:14 says, “I will satisfy the priests with abundance, and my people will be filled with my bounty," declares the LORD.”

-- APP: Jesus, who is God, always supplies more than we need

- Following lunch, the disciples were asked to collect all the left-overs

-- We should note that what is left over FAR exceeds what was actually needed

-- Matter of fact, there are 12 baskets of food remaining for them to collect

- But notice how the people, once again, want to label Jesus (v14)

-- Their desire is to immediately say, “Oh, this must be so and so because …”

-- But Jesus knew their intentions (v15); their INTENT was to force God’s hand

- They were ready to worship him, but as conquering king … not as Lord

-- APP: And most certainly, not as the LIFE they so desperately needed/required

- So, knowing their intention, Jesus once again slips from their presence

-- He goes off to the mountain to pray, to spend time with the Lord

-- Personal: What an opportunity we have today to go & get alone with God

- Read John 6:14-21

∆ Point 2 – God’s Presence Comforts

- At the end of the day, the disciples went to the lake to head to Capernaum

-- However, v17 tells them that Jesus was not with them (still on mountain)

-- Yet, notice there is a storm blowing in that obviously changes the calm

- What is not known is why Jesus is not with them; but we can infer one thing

-- There was some sort of agreement to meet Jesus perhaps on the other side

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