Feeds the 20-K
n our story we find Jesus on vacation. He needed some down time after hearing of the beheading of his cousin John, so he went off to a desert place. However, he had become so popular in Palestine that somebody found out where he was (maybe the TV-11 news helicopter) and the crowds followed him. Most were probably just curiosity seekers, some wanted to see another miracle; after all, he had cured a demoniac, raised a dead girl to life, and turned water into wine. Yet, as is still the case, a few of the multitude were genuinely seeking a spiritual blessing and they were not disappointed.
When Jesus saw
the crowd he had compassion on them (14:13; Mk. 6:34). Jesus
began to heal their sick, and Mark adds that he also taught
them: Luke says that he both taught and healed. (9:11). Johns
account adds that it was the evening of the beginning of Passover and
that Jesus felt some
Anyway, there they
were with nothing to eat and no McDonalds nearby. Jesus asked
the Apostles to go and see how much food there actually
was among the people, and according to Matthew, Mark, and Luke there
were just five loaves and two fishes. But the Apostle John
includes that this small
This detail really
makes the story fly. Since flannel graph and Vacation Bible School days
I have felt that the main point of this fantastic story is that Jesus
can take a little bit and make it go a long way. In
Now, as our story
develops, Jesus took the little lunch and blessed it, and broke it into
pieces, and it was distributed to everyone. In fact, twelve baskets
full were left over; perhaps one basket for each doubting
Yet, unlike the lad who immediately gave up his little bit, many of us have held onto our little barley loaves and fishes for many years. All we had was a little and we have wanted to keep it for ourselves. But then one day we surrendered all to Jesus. An here we are, years later, and we can say that God has blessed us in many ways beyond anything we ever expected. All of you can share in that same experience as we look back at the many ways that the Lord has intervened in our little lives.
Thursday afternoon Mark Barton went on a murderous rampage in Atlantas Buckhead financial district seeking revenge against those that he felt had cost him to lose over one hundred thousand dollars as a day trader in stocks. The love of money is (indeed) the root of all evil. Thirteen people are dead, and many more injured, because of one mans love of money. However, whenever we willingly give God first place then money, and every other thing, finds its rightful place.
If we are to understand
the idea of miracles in contemporary times, we must realize that it
has been Gods plan all along that, Greater works than
Jesus miracles would his followers perform because he has given
us the mission of building his Church. (John 14:12). God has empowered
us to become
Right here at this great church we are participating in a modern day miracle as resurgence and new life is beginning to set a great fire from God. As we have been faithful in doing our work, He has multiplied our efforts. Our part in the miracle has not been the major impetus for this beginning miracle. We have mostly sat around in circles and received our barley loaf and little fish, but God has, and will continue to, multiply our efforts beyond ourselves.
And He gives a vision of the future too. Only John included the detail of the response of the well fed 20-K (twenty-thousand). When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world. (6:14). In fact, they were so excited that he was aware that they were ready right then and there to crown him king. However, Jesus knew that he must first face the Cross, Death and Resurrection, in order that his work might be completed.
However, since we live on this finished side of the Cross, there is nothing preventing us from crowning him Lord of our lives and surrendering our little bit to his miracle of multiplication for us.
a sermon synopsis
by C. Robert Allred, Th.D., Pastor