Read John 6:1-35
John 6:2-5 “A huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miraculous signs as he healed the sick. Then Jesus climbed a hill and sat down with his disciples around him. (It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration.) Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him.”
A “huge crowd” didn’t intimidate Jesus. He knew exactly why they were there and was gracious enough to meet their physical need with bread and fish, all the while pointing them to their greater need of the Bread of Life. A crowd is not too much for Him to heal and rescue. Be encouraged that the same God that saw and served over 5000 people with a little bread and fish, can handle our church, our family and our nation as well. He sees the whole world and better yet, He knows exactly what we need.
Question – John 6:5 “…He said to Philip, ‘where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”
This question to the disciple was a test question. Jesus already knew what He was going to do, but wanted to see if any of His disciples would realize that the answer was right there in the crowd. The resources of the crowd would be what Jesus would use to meet the need! Meditate on that for a few minutes. Could it be that the very thing our church, our family or our country needs has been among us all along? Maybe the little that we have just needs to be surrendered to the God who sees us and let Him bless it.
Restorative Commands – John 6:10 “Jesus said, ‘Have the people sit down.’…
6:12 “When they had all had enough to eat, He said to His disciples, ‘Gather the pieces that are
left over. Let nothing be wasted.”
Sitting down got them in a position to receive what God had for them. His provision would bring them life and strength. What might God have us do to get us in a position of receiving the very thing we so desperately need? Oh that we would be quick to assume the position that He instructs us to take.
His command to make sure every piece left over was gathered signals that every work of His hands is valuable and worthy to be cherished and used for His kingdom where ever it is needed. Remember, if He is the Bread of Life, then this illustrates the need for those of us who have tasted of that Bread to share in its abundance. We cannot be content to enjoy the blessing of knowing Christ and not want others to taste of that good Bread as well.
“Help us be ready to offer whatever we have when you need us to hand it over. Please help our church and our country acknowledge the God who sees all of us and has an answer already for what we need. And we need you so desperately. Move us to share all that you have given so that others will be able to taste and see that you are so good. Thank you for seeing the crowds, we have no hope without you. Amen”