Miracles of Jesus: Jesus Feeds 5000

John 6:1-15

A carrot is hosting a party.

The first to arrive is Carrot’s friend Apple, but
accompanying him is somebody Carrot does not
know. They look just like Apple, but green instead,
and so, carrots says, “Hello Apple, who might your
friend be?”.

The new fellow replies, “Hello, I am also Apple,
nice to meet you.”

And so, after introductions, the pair entered into
the house.

Next to arrive was Carrot’s neighbor, onion, but
walking next to him was someone Carrot does not
know. They look identical to Onion, but have a deep
purple-red hue. When they get to the door, Carrot
greets them and says, “Good evening Onion, could
you introduce me to your friend here?”.

The red vegetable replies, “I’ll introduce myself.
Nice to meet you, Carrot. People refer to me as
Onion.”

And so, the two Onions entered the house.

A third pair arrives, and this time it’s Carrot’s good
friend Potato. Next to Potato is another stranger
with the same appearance, but this time orange in
color. As they approach, Carrot says, “It’s nice to
see you, Potato.”, and recalling what had just
happened twice, says, “Ah, and you must also be
called Potato, correct?”.

The stranger looks at Carrot and replies, “I Yam.”

Over the past three weeks we have studied 3 of the 7
miracles recorded in the gospel of John. Interestingly
enough, those miracles are ONLY found in John.
Today we are going to discuss the miracle where Jesus
feeds a huge crowd with only meager resources. This
miracle is found in all 4 gospels, but we will focus on
John’s viewpoint of the situation.
Turn with me to

John 6:1-15

What do we know about crowds?
They aren’t always right and
they don’t always have the purest motives.

We’ve seen that to be true even today in some of the
events that have unfolded over the past few months.

My mom always told me not to do what everyone else
was doing. She would always ask me if everyone else
was jumping off a cliff if I would jump too. It always
frustrated me because of course I wouldn’t have, but it
taught me a valuable lesson.

Don’t always follow the crowd.

Well, this crowd that was following Jesus around didn’t
have the purest of motives. They were hoping to see
another person healed from their sickness.

Jesus knew that and saw it as a Teachable Moment.
As the crowd approached, Jesus asked Philip if he knew
where they could buy some bread for all these people
who were beginning to assemble around them.

Philip fails this test miserably.
He blurts out that even 200 days wages wouldn’t be
enough to feed all these people.
It’s a hopeless response that shows a lack of faith.

Andrew also offers a bleak response. He found one young
lad who had his lunch of 5 loaves of bread and 2 small
fish. His response, ‘but what are these for so many
people?’

Let’s talk about this young lad’s meal.
When you think about 5 loaves your mind may go to
wonder bread or those french bread loaves that you
slice, coat with butter and garlic and eat with Italian
food.

That wasn’t what this boy had at all. The loaves were
made of barley which was the least expensive grain you
could use to make bread. He was poor and this was all he
had to eat. The loaves were more like flat cakes of bread

The fish was either pickled like an anchovy or chopped up
and made into a relish as a spread for the bread to give it
more taste.

The lesson Jesus is teaching here is;
The Sufficiency of Christ.
Philip and Andrew were looking around for worldly
solutions when Jesus showed His power by performing a
miracle.

On our own, we are seriously lacking, but
In Christ we have all we need!
Because Christ IS all we need.

We know that God is a God of order.
So, for Christ to order everyone to sit down just makes
sense.
By having everyone sit they were better able to see how
many people were actually there and to distribute the
food to everyone in a calm and orderly fashion.

Jesus didn’t want everyone crowding around like people
at Wal-Mart on black Friday trying to get the newest
electronics. He was establishing order and peace among
the people.

Let’s look at v.11 “Jesus then took the loaves, and having
given thanks, He distributed to those who were seated;
likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted.”

Do you remember the other miracles we have studied?
At the wedding Jesus told them to fill up the water pots
and then draw it out and it turned into wine.
When He healed the official’s son He did it from 16 miles
away.
When He healed the man by the pool at Bethesda He told
him to get up and walk.
All of these He did with His words

Here, Jesus takes the bread in His own hands and
performs the miracle with everyone watching.
He took the bread

Next, He blessed the bread
Here Jesus gives us a great practice to be thankful to the
heavenly Father for the blessing of food.
We ought to be in the habit of being thankful for our
food.

I want you to put yourself in the crowd at this moment.
Jesus has taken the five tiny loaves of bread and two small fish
and he bows His head to thank God for the food which
clearly won’t feed the whole group, since it’s one boy’s lunch.

What is going through your mind as
Jesus prays a blessing over the food asks God for the
food to nourish their bodies?
Jesus knew all along that He was going to multiply the
bread in order to feed this huge crowd.
As He distributes the bread and fish, we see the miracle
happening. It’s displayed as an Abundant Blessing from Christ
Since this miracle is found in all 4 gospels it’s very
familiar to those of us who have spent many years in
church. But, don’t let the familiarness allow you to lose
the wonder of this magnificent miracle.

Jesus fed 5000 men plus women and children from just a
few loaves of bread and a couple of fish. He broke the
bread and it kept on appearing until everyone was
satisfied.

Jesus didn’t just turn the lunch into enough food for
everyone to eat as much as they wanted, He provided so
much that there were 12 baskets full of fragments from
the bread. Talk about abundance!

This makes me think of the Doxology,
Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him all creatures here below,
Praise Him above ye heavenly host,
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father above.

Before we close, I want to draw in some context.
Look down just a few verses to John 6:26-35.
For the sake of time, I’m not going to read all of it, but I
want to point out that Jesus knew their heart.
He knew they were just looking for a sign and weren’t
trying to follow Him.

I like it when He tells them not to work for the food that
perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life.

And then of course the amazing I Am statement Jesus
makes – I am the bread of life, he who comes to Me will
not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.

That’s the true meaning of the abundant blessing.
It was never about the physical food. Jesus used it as an
object lesson to help them understand that He is all they
need. God provided the manna for Israel while they were
in the wilderness. Jesus is all we need! He is enough!
He is sufficient.

APPLICATION

Today we are taking a collection for the Baptist hunger
offering. It’s no accident that this 5th Sunday coincided
with this exact miracle of Jesus.

As we give today we are asking God to multiply our gifts
to reach a multitude of hungry families around the world.

As I was thinking about giving my mind went back to the
woman who gave her two mites. She gave all she had
because she understood the sufficiency of Christ.
Many of us give out of our abundance, and that is great,
but this woman gave all she had. She didn’t have much,
but she realized that God provides her with everything
she needs.

I’m not asking you to give everything you have, but give
generously, give cheerfully, give prayerfully.