Before Jesus performed one of His most well-known miracles -- the feeding of 5,000 -- He required a small act of faith -- a little thing -- from the crowd. Jesus may be calling us to “sit down” in our marriage, parenting, job, congregation, etc., before He does a mighty act.
After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. 2 And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. 3 Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. 5 Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” 6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. 7 Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii[a] worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.” 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, 9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten. 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!”
15 Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
We have to put ourselves in a position to receive God’s grace
Are you seeking God like Adam in the “Creation” on the Sistine Chapel or like the Crowd in today’s text?
Jesus tells the disciples, “You Feed Them”
PHILLIP FOCUSES ON WHAT HE NEEDS, JESUS GIVES THANKS FOR WHAT HE HAS
BEFORE JESUS FEEDS THE CROWD, THEY HAVE TO SIT DOWN
All the people had “enough” to eat
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