The Gospel of John 6:1-15

In John 6:1-15 we have John’s account of the feeding of 5000. All four gospels record this event. We discover from Luke’s account that they are near Bethsaida on the North coast of the Sea of Galilee. Verse 2 is interesting because in the previous section Jesus had discussed how they did not believe him. Verse 2 tells us the crowd is following Jesus because of the miracles he is performing on the sick. I do not believe the people have yet figured out that this is the salvation that God has promised. They are following him and listening to his teaching but they do not believe that He is the Son of God. They are not following Him because He can save them from sin and death, but because of what He can do for them.

I point this out to say that there are many in church today that realize there was a Jesus and that He was sent by God. They understand that he died for their sins. Yet the only reason they go to church is for what it can do for them. They do not serve in any of the church’s ministry yet they constantly seek more ministries that can serve them. The seek positions in the church not so they can help others but so they can have power and prestige.

So Jesus goes up on the mountainside and sets with His disciples when He sees the crowd getting closer, He asks, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” First notice that Jesus was with those who believed in Him. He was teaching and disciplining those who love Him when he saw unbelievers that had a need and He wanted to know what the disciples were going to do about that need.

Philip immediately thinks there is nothing that they can do for such a large crowd. He thinks of the money they would have to spend to help these people. Philip is not thinking that He is with Immanuel (God with us) and nothing is impossible. Andrew on the other hand jumps in with a solution. There is a boy here with 5 loaves and two fish. Granted he doesn’t know how that could possibly help so many people but he knows that he serves an amazing God.

The parallel here today is , are you a person or church that looks at the overwhelming need of the community and say its hopeless or do you look to the heavens and say this is what we have God, what can you do with it?

Jesus tells the disciples to organize everyone into groups and He thanks God for providing for their need. How often do we look at impossible circumstances and thank God for providing before we even see Him do it? That is what happened here. Jesus knew God would meet the need that they had to supply these followers with food. Sometimes we must believe God is going to provide without any idea how He is going to do it.

Afterwards Jesus had the disciples gather the leftover bread and it filled 12 baskets. God not only provided for the needs of this crowd but He gave even more abundantly than was needed. We as a church should always seek how to serve our community. How can we show the love of Jesus to a lost and dying world? We should always know that if we are seeking to be the hands and feet of Jesus, he will provide.

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