Tuesday, November 8, 2016

John 6:1-21

John 6:1-15 – Jesus Feeds 5,000

A great crowd of people followed Jesus because of His miraculous signs He had performed.  Jesus went up on a mountain with His disciples.  When He saw a great crowd coming to Him, He asked Philip where they would get food for all these people.  He was asking this as a test because He already knew what He was going to do. (John 6:1-7)

Mark 6:31-34 tell us Jesus and His disciples needed a break.  They needed a time for eating and resting.  Jesus needed a place of quiet rest so He could pray and be rejuvenated in order to continue His work.

The people were traveling to Jerusalem for the Passover.  They saw Jesus and began following Him.  They became tired and hungry.  Jesus had compassion on them and wanted to feed them.  Jesus valued people instead of His own needs.  The people were not following Him because of His message of forgiveness of sin, but because of the miracles He was performing.  They were walking by sight not by faith. 

Are you distracted and stressed and need time to take a break from your busy schedule?
Will you spend time in prayer with God?

Jesus asked Philip the question because training him.  He was giving him a test of his faith.  He wanted to strengthen Philip’s faith.  God sometimes puts us in situations that are difficult.  These tests are for our endurance.  “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” James 1:2.  It teaches us that He can handle it and we must have faith that He will.

Philip tried to think of a solution to the problem and said even eight months of wages would not feed all these people.  Andrew said there was a boy who had 5 small loaves of bread and 2 small fish.  Jesus said to have all the people sit down.  There were 5,000 men.  He then took the bread and fish, gave thanks, and distributed it to the people.  When they had finished they gathered all the pieces that were left.  Jesus said to let nothing be wasted.  There were 12 baskets filled with leftovers. (John 5:7-13)

Scripture says there were 5,000 men so there were really many more if you include all their families – maybe as many as 20,000.  Jesus had no problem turning water into wine so He had no problem feeding that many people with 5 loaves and 2 fish.  Notice He gave thanks to God.  Also notice that the young boy gave all he had.  They ate until they were satisfied and could eat no more.

Whatever you long for, there is no satisfaction apart from Jesus Christ.
Nothing is too hard for Jesus, for all authority and power belong to Him.

How has He provided for you?
Are you thankful for what God has given you?
Do you give all you have to Jesus?

After the people saw what Jesus had done, they said “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.”John 6:14.  Jesus knew they wanted to make Him a King so He withdrew again to a mountain by Himself.  (John 6:15)

This Prophet is referring to the prophesy in Deut. 18:15 when Moses said God would raise a prophet like him and that they should listen to him.  They wanted to make Jesus their king, a political ruler and leader to fight against the Romans.  They wanted Him for their plans and purposes not God’s.

Why should you follow Jesus?
You should follow Jesus because of who He is, because He loves you; He willing died for you; He is the only source of eternal salvation; He gives comfort and hope; He forgives sin and makes us right with God.

John 6:16-21 – Jesus Walks on Water

Now Jesus was on the mountain praying and it became night.  The disciples got into a boat and set off across the lake.  A strong wind blew and the waters grew rough.  They rowed 3 ½ miles.  They saw Jesus walking on the water coming toward the boat.  They were terrified.  Jesus told them to not be afraid.  Then they took Him into their boat and immediately the boat reached the shore.  (John 6:16-21)  Mark 6:45 tells us that Jesus made them get into the boat and go ahead of them. 

The disciples had seen Jesus do miracles, but never walking on water.  They thought He was a spirit (Matt. 14:26).  His walking on water was a miracle, but there was another miracle.  The boat immediately reached the shore.  They were safe.  Sometimes we go through storms in life and have no control.  We are not alone.  Jesus is there and protects us so we are safe with Him.  Jesus came to them at exactly the right time.

Do you ever feel God has left you on your own?  Does everything seems dark and you are terrified?  Have you not seen God lately?  The Lord put them in that situation.  He puts us in helpless situations, too.  He does that so we will turn to Him and then see that he is our deliverer.  He’s telling you “do not be afraid”.  Invite Him into your boat.

What strong wind is blowing against you today?
Are you willing to invite Jesus into your boat?

The Lord uses challenges, temptations and storms to reveal more of Himself to His children.

Next week we will study the rest of John 6.  Have a blessed day and thanks for visiting my site.  Hope to see you here next time.

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