After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. 2 Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. 3 And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples.
4 Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. 5 Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” 6 But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.
7 Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.”
8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, 9 “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”
Here is a story that I have heard since my youngest Sunday school days. Jesus fed the 5,000 with five loaves of bread and two fish. I have heard many sermons on this from different points of view and different points of application. The first point I see in this section is that the disciples did not know what to do but Jesus knew exactly what He was going to do. They were concerned that they did not have enough money to buy food for so great a crowd and the only food in the crowd was a small boy’s lunch. The disciples were quite concerned.
On the other hand, Jesus knew exactly what He was going to do and was using the opportunity to teach them a lesson they would never forget. Let’s understand something they did not, Jesus had a lesson that they needed to learn about who He was and what He was able to do. What do we do when find ourselves in a situation that we cannot see around? What do we do when we find ourselves tasked with a situation that we are unable to accomplish? God has put something in our path that we just don’t think we can do. What do we do? I am afraid we do the same thing the disciples did; we fret and tell the Lord how impossible the situation is.
Our Lord is eternal and omnipresent. No situation of our lives is new to Him. Furthermore, according to James 1, God brings trials into our lives for our good and wants us to rejoice in the trials for in them God is going to show Himself powerful. The disciples saw the power of the Lord Jesus that day. They saw the bread and the fish multiply. Their faith was also multiplied. So the next time a situation comes upon you that is impossible for you to do, realize that the Lord Jesus is over your situation and He has a plan in place to make it work. He will work out your situation and your faith will multiply.
Bobbi announced a VBS meeting for two Sundays from now which is also Mother’s Day. She has changed that meeting up a week to this Sunday. This Sunday is also our dinner Sunday so the meeting will come before the meal for all involved in VBS. We have a great theme this year and it will be an awesome time for the kids showing them the power of God in creation and in salvation.
Ben had twenty-two teens last night for Cola Clash. It was a great night with many kids hearing the gospel. Keep them in your prayers that the Holy Spirit will call many of them to Himself.
Have a great day in the Lord, PS