Read: John 6. 1-21
This chapter has quite a lot happening in it. There is the feeding of the 5,000, Jesus walking on water, a sermon about the bread of Life, and a falling away of disciples. In all of that, there are many lessons to be learned and applied.
1. The feeding of the 5,000 ~ most know the story. Everybody has been listening to Jesus’ teachings all day, they all get hungry (and probably a bit grumpy), Jesus wants to feed them but all the disciples can scrounge up is a young boy with 5 loaves and 2 fish. Andrew then asks a very valid question, “What are they among so many?” WHICH I LOVE!!! Because what are we among so many lost and broken and searching for hope? The answer is NOTHING, we are nothing without CHRIST!!! Only He can take what little we have to offer and turn it into something we never dreamed of! What is awesome about this miracle is that Jesus uses the lacking of something to provide in a major way. In this case, they were in need of food, and in that need, God’s provision was able to shine through that much brighter. Think about your life… it seems that God is the strongest, speaks the loudest, comforts the deepest, and provides the most when we are in NEED, sometimes our most desperate need. He takes what’s missing in our lives and uses that empty space to work in our lives. How beautiful!
2. It is very important to note that after spending time with all these people and providing for their needs, Jesus went out on His own. I believe He needed time to Himself to rest, to pray, to commune with God. Listen closely… if Jesus takes some time to Himself, we can know that in the midst of our busy lives, it’s okay to take time out to rest, rejuvenate, pray, and work on our personal relationship with our Savior too. If we try and do ALL THE THINGS for ALL OF THE TIME, we will burn out and have nothing left to give. If you want to give your best to God, to your spouse, to your kids, to your work, to your passions, think of WWJD… because if a break was good enough for Jesus, we aren’t above having a break either.
3. After that quiet time, Jesus goes to catch up with His disciples who just so happen to be on a boat going toward Capernaum. The disciples were 2.5-3.5 miles out (I did math!) when they see someone coming at them, ON THE WATER, and were very understandably afraid. Jesus simply says, “It is I, be not afraid.” and they ceased to be afraid. What I absolutely love about this is that Jesus, who is over all things, the Creator, has this unpredictable force of nature under His control. It’s a great reminder because sometimes I get a bit crazy and start acting like my life is too ridiculous or has too many problems for God to handle. That is simply not true. God created all things, He can most definitely handle all the things. We just have to remember that He is God, and to not be afraid.
*The rest of John 6 will be out in a couple of days.*