Summary: Jesus wants us to always be ready and unafraid of helping the lost come to Him.
• SLIDE #1
• Have you ever come home from a long day at work, just wanting to relax? Maybe you have put in many hours at the office or in the factory.
• On your way home, you envision a scene where you come home and put up your feet turn on the television and read the newspaper. Then you see yourself sitting at the table ready for a wonderful dinner that your spouse has prepared for you.
• Now you get home and as soon as you get settled in that favorite recliner the unthinkable happens. The phone rings. You reluctantly get up to answer the phone.
• Then you find out that you are going to have a bunch of unexpected company for dinner. Your evening seems to be ruined.
• Have you ever had that happen to you? How did you feel?
• This is a somewhat similar story as to what we find in our text with Jesus and His disciples today.
• It had been a rough few days, John the Baptist had just been killed and the disciples had just received the news.
• In verse 31 Mark says they were so busy they did not even have time to eat!
• They were all tired from all the teaching and healing that they were doing. The group was looking forward to putting their feet up and watching some football.
• Let’s set the scene with verses 30-33
• SLIDE #2
• Mark 6:30-33 (quickview) (ESV) 30The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. 31And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. 33Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them.
• Looks like Jesus is going to have some unexpected guests.
• Most all of us have busy lives. We sometimes get to a point where we guard our “free” time so much that we miss opportunities to reach out to lost people.
• Today from what is called the “Feeding of the 5,000” we will learn a lesson from the Master as to what we can do when we have unexpected “dinner guests”.
• Jesus will help us to see that these are opportunities not inconveniences. Sometimes when we least expect it, we will have opportunities to spiritual feed someone who is hungry.
• Let us examine verses 34-36 for our first observation.
• SLIDE #3
• Mark 6:34-36 (quickview) (ESV) 34When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. 35And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. 36Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”
• First we see…
• SLIDE #4
I. Have the compassion to open the door.
• How many of us would be irritated that someone came by and interrupted our time of relaxation?