Google+ 06/17/14 Only God Can Provide Much From Nothing!

John 6:5-13

 

Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him.

Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?”

He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.

Philip replied, “Even if we worked for months,

We wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!”

Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. 

 “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish.

But what good is that with this huge crowd?”

“Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes.

(The men alone numbered about 5,000.)

Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people.

Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted.

After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples,

“Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.”

So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps

Left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves.

 

In part two of our twelve-part devotion series entitled, "The Age of Miracles!" we discuss one of Jesus's best known miracles.  It is the only miracle that was recorded in all four of the gospels.  Jesus had been teaching all day and the hour was very late.  The crowd had not eaten.  Jesus asks Philip a question, even though Jesus already knows the answer.  Like most of us, Philip comes up with the wrong answer, because he did not understand the power of God through His Son Jesus Christ.  When Andrew found the little boy with five loaves and two fishes, he brought him to Jesus.  Andrew also comes up with the wrong question!  Jesus asks the disciples to sit everyone down.  The "everyone" was about 5,000 men, or closer to a total of 20,000 men, women and children.  We all know that everyone was fed.  What we sometimes forget is that there were twelve baskets of "leftovers."  Every night we feed people, for free, here at our church/theater.  Sometimes there are just a few.  Many times, there are many.  God always provides and multiplies our five loaves and two fishes.  The amazing part for me is that there are always "leftovers."  We gather up our twelve baskets and are able to provide another blessing for people who can take food with them and eat another day.  In this fact lies the miracle message.  God always promised to provide our needs.  God always provides more.  "Only God Can Provide Much From Nothing!"