For while we were yet weak, in due season Christ died for the ungodly. Rom. 5,6
THE BREAD WONDER
1 ”In those days, when there was again a large crowd and
they had nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples and said to them, 2
"I feel compassion for the people because they have remained with Me now
three days and have nothing to eat. 3 "If I send them away hungry to
their homes, they will faint on the way; and some of them have come from
a great distance." 4 And His disciples answered Him, "Where will anyone
be able to find enough bread here in this desolate place to satisfy
these people?" 5 And He was asking them, "How many loaves do you have?"
And they said, "Seven." 6 And He directed the people to sit down on the
ground; and taking the seven loaves, He gave thanks and broke them, and
started giving them to His disciples to serve to them, and they served
them to the people. 7 They also had a few small fish; and after He had
blessed them, He ordered these to be served as well. 8 And they ate and
were satisfied; and they picked up seven large baskets full of what was
left over of the broken pieces. 9 About four thousand were there; and He
sent them away.”
human being is to be lead back to where it has its hope in Him alone.
In brief – to have your faith in
Therefore it happens that He leads His own into hopeless situations
– for the human eye. Like Moses when he stood across the unbridgeable
ocean, with the mighty Egyptian army behind him. Or how about the
prophet Elijah who under the great famine, was sent to
Zarephath, to be supported by a poor widow who was going to lie down to
die with her son. (1King 17).
the story when Jesus fed the five thousand in John 6, it says that Jesus
asked Philip: “Where are we to buy bread, so that these may eat?” But
then it says: “This He was saying to test
story about the same incident in Luke 9, we read that the disciples come
to Him with a “good” suggestion: “Send the crowd away, that they may
How are His disciples today? What kind of suggestions do we have? More faith? More activities? A new strategy? More inventiveness concerning raising money? What do we suggest?
problem for the four and five thousand, was not that they were in the
desert without food – because Jesus was there – but it was that the
disciples counted with their own.
today we see this thought so widely spread, that we
activities for Jesus.
truth is that Jesus is the only one who can run this activity. Without
this realization, everything will run aground.
often hear complaining from Christian activities: "It is a bad
condition!" Usually followed by: “We have to do this and that.” If we
only could get more money! (A great amount of money - like a great gift
- is immediately considered as a progress in the kingdom of God). If we
could only start more associations! If we
When we are stuck, He has a possibility. Is there anybody of us who is able to see that?
seven bread (v.5); they got left over’s – after they had already eaten –
seven big baskets. (v.8).
We do not have to little when we have Jesus, the problem is that we have too much of our own. We try find out natural solutions, Jesus solutions is supernatural, yes, divine.
This is last but not least a word for you who feel so poor, so ungodly, the situation is so dark, “here in my own heart exists only sin and filth,” but you have to continue to listen – “but by the work you did I am completely clean.”
What happens here is a
picture on the bread of life that God broke on Golgotha, and shared to
all the worlds worn out and lost sinners. It was not just enough for
everybody, it was more
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