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March 05, 2013
John 6. Go read it. It won’t take more than ten minutes of your time and it’s crazy good.
As I was reading John 6, much like many stories I have read in the Bible, I was floored when actually imagining these scenes happening.
But one in particular– go with me for a second.
Imagine a massive group of people, five loaves of bread and two small fish.
Everyone eats and they even have leftovers.
Solve that word puzzle.
The answer: Jesus.
My favorite part of the story is looking at who asked the question: “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”
The scripture continues saying that Jesus asked the question, already having in mind what He was going to do.
You see, Jesus never asks questions because He doesn’t know the answer; he asks questions to see if we trust in Him and what He says he will do!!
He calls out our doubts and our lack of faith and graciously reminds us of who He is and therefore who we are in him: fully capable and equipped with no room for fear.
When Jesus multiplies the bread, the people are so busy eating that they do not even see what has occurred! Wouldn’t you think that after about 20 people had eaten, someone would go, “Wait- hold on a second- where did this other bread come from?”
It says in John 6 that it was not until Jesus ordered the disciples to gather what was left in baskets that they realized the miracle that He had performed for them.
The people then said “this must be the prophet we have been told about”.
Sometimes it isn’t until something is over and the pieces are picked up that we realize that Jesus provided all that we needed in the situation and our worries and problems were completely removed!
Instead of immediately realizing what was occurring, the people ate! Like we so often do, we are so busy enjoying our results of his goodness, we forget to thank Him! We eat and we eat and we eat, completely forgetting the mess of a situation we were in earlier!
Our gluttonous excitement over the appearance of bread in our lives that we forget our previous state of starvation and desperation.
So…Why is our Initial knee jerk reaction not to praise His name for what He has done???
Or better yet, why don’t we LOOK and EXPECT such miracles in our lives because of the character of who Jesus is and has always been?
His nature is one of miracles and transformation. Why wouldn’t the disciples have looked at Him during this situation and responded to his question with: “You! We trust in You!”
I think maybe we should sit back for a second and remind ourselves of the numerous times (if not daily) that He has provided when we felt as if we were helpless.
Reflect on your life – what “bread” has He multiplied and supplied to you that you were once afraid would not last to keep you full? Have you thanked Him?
Jesus multiplied the bread and fish to supply the needs of His people.
His provision is always sufficient. Praise Him for it.
“When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip,“Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.” -John 6:5-6
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