Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-14
1. This action demonstrated Power and authority.
Here Jesus performs a very public impressive and over the top act.
Not even his disciple could see this coming.
Jesus had already healed people publicly.
This act was different because it was not only seen but experienced by many.
It is very different to say that: you heard that He did something.
He did this for me!
Here 5,000 men experienced what he did.
2. This action demonstrated Empathy, Compassion, and Generosity.
We can see that following Jesus requires that we should see people where they are and address their immediate needs. Even when they may have gotten themselves in that predicament.
It would have been easy to take the side of the disciples and tell them to go away and get your own food.
Jesus took advantage of the moment and showed Empathy, Compassion and Generosity.
3. This action highlights Motivations.
Was Jesus trying to be their King or control their sustenance (Food), causing dependance.
Were the people following Jesus his righteous message or just to see miracles…?
- Do we follow Jesus for the Fire insurance?
- Do we follow Jesus for the Health insurance?
- Do we follow Jesus for the free bread?
4. This action highlights Faith.
Is your Faith limited to how much money you currently have? Phillip (8 months wages)
Is your Faith limited to the available resources. Andrew (this boy’s lunch is not enough)
Is your Faith in God or resources?
Gen 18:14 Is anything too hard for God?
Jer 32:27 I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?
Luke 1:27 For nothing will be impossible with God.
Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord, mighty is his power, his understanding is unlimited.