Did you know this chapter is the second longest chapter in the New Testament? Luke 1 is the longest with 80 verses. Due to this fact, we have decided to break it down in sections to draw out the rich teachings in it.
Well here you are a small boy/girl sitting down and waiting to hear your hero. You have heard there is nothing this Man cannot do. Turn water in to wine, heal lepers, cast out demons. So same says if He wanted to He can walk on water and raise the dead. Nothing that He cannot do. You begged your mother to let you go see Him, finally, she gave in to see your dreams fulfilled. The little that your parents have at home she packs into a small lunch bag barely to feed you. Now, as you continue to day dream about what happen in the morning, you are snapped out of by one of the disciples of Jesus, who asks you “son are you willing to share your lunch for the Master?”….
1 After these things Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (or Tiberias). 2 A large crowd followed Him, because they saw the [a]signs which He was performing on those who were sick. 3 Then Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat down with His disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was near. 5 Therefore Jesus, lifting up His eyes and seeing that a large crowd was coming to Him, *said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these may eat?” 6 This He was saying to test him, for He Himself knew what He was intending to do. 7 Philip answered Him, “Two hundred [b]denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, for everyone to receive a little.” 8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, *said to Him, 9 “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these for so many people?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people [c]sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men [d]sat down, in number about five thousand. 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. 12 When they were filled, He *said to His disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments so that nothing will be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. 14 Therefore when the people saw the [e]sign which He had performed, they said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”
15 So Jesus, perceiving that they were [f]intending to come and take Him by force to make Him king, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone.
16 Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, 17 and after getting into a boat, they started to cross the sea to Capernaum. It had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 The sea began to be stirred up because a strong wind was blowing. 19 Then, when they had rowed about [g]three or four miles, they *saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat; and they were frightened. 20 But He *said to them, “It is I; [h]do not be afraid.” 21 So they were willing to receive Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.
Would you share what you have for Jesus? What did the little boy think? did he think like Andrew? I have, some of you have also, or maybe as you read this you are thinking like Andrew. Some may think, what can i offer God? What can I give? I do not have anything. I am nobody important, famous, rich. I do not own anything of great value. What can i possibly give God? or maybe you are thinking, if I do give Him something what good would that do? I’m just one person out of 7 billion. No matter what your situation is, no matter what you think, no matter what you see in your future, there is one thing you can give God. Give him your heart/life. Do not worry how impossible that feels or looks like. Trust in Him like the little boy. He gave all that He had and Jesus fed over 5,000 people. I have heard, God does not add, He multiplies. Notice the barley loaves, barley was consider an inferior food. God wants to know no matter how “inferior” it is He work through simple ways. Commit with me to give or rededicate your life to God and to trust like this little boy. “And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3
I see other several teachings that I will sum up quickly.
After the feeding of the multitude the disciples grab the food from Jesus and they feed the multitude. That is to teach God followers that we are responsible to share with others what God gave us, bread of life and much more. In vs 12 and 13, when we do a work for God we must follow up on the work to ensure that everything done. We must follow thru that “no one shall be lost”.
verse 15 and 16, the people want to force Jesus to become their Messiah according to their traditions. Guess who would be the rulers with Jesus? His disciples. That is why Jesus tells them to go first. Because, they like the crowd were ready to crown him and start a revolution. This reminds me that i should not expect God to do what i want to do but rather that i should wait and do what God wants me to do.
vs 15. What a temptation for Jesus or what sadness he felt. He could have gave in and become their King but at the same time His followers did not understand His mission. He went up to a mountain by himself. When we are tempted or are sad, do we go up to the mountain of Prayer? Jesus is our example.
Lastly, in vss 17 and 21. When the waves and winds of this life tosses us to and fro and we see God but we do not know what He is doing do not be afraid. He is with you and He will always get on the boat with you and never leave you alone to face life challenges.
Job 9:8 “He stretches out the heavens by himself and walks on the waves of the sea” (Gods Word Translation 1995) God is the only One to walk on water.
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