John 6:1 After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias. 2 And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. 3 And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. 4 And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.
5 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? 6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.
7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him, 9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? 10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. 12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. 13 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. KJV
The story of the “Feeding of Five Thousand” teaches us many things. The message today deals with this story of faith from the viewpoint of the little boy whose lunch Jesus used to feed the multitudes. This boy, (*Let’s call him Nathan) wanted to be near Jesus as most people wanted to be near Him. They loved to see Jesus perform His miracles, signs and wonders that he used to bless those unto whom he ministered. It is notable in the Word of God that children are mentioned often because of the fact that faith comes naturally unto them.
Jesus gave to *Nathan something that he and every little child so desperately wants and needs?He got down on his level and paid attention to him. How do I know that? Because *Nathan was so impressed with the Lord that he offered unto Him his lunch. Jesus knew that he could make an impact upon this young life, and that he could teach him how what others would consider a small sacrifice was great in the eyes of God. Jesus saw the willingness of this young heart and his great faith and He used it to perform the incredible feat of feeding this great multitude. Nathan may have been small in size, but had “Superhero Faith!”
Instead of trying to make children like us, we should actually be trying to be more like them in our faith. The scriptures call us to have the faith of a little child, and in so doing we too will begin to see the miracles, signs and wonders of Christ. One of the subtle things that we must assume from our verses is that *Nathan must have been persistent. Is there a parent reading this that can identify with “are we there yet?” At times that is an awesome quality that no matter what an adult says to try to silence them, that when they become inspired, they must be heard.
*Nathan must have persisted with the apostles that his lunch could be shared with the crowd. The disciples however, could not see how five loaves and two fish could be stretched into a meal for thousands?..But Jesus knew?and *Nathan knew too?because he had “Superhero Faith!” Jesus wants us too, to have that same kind of faith that can be stretched to meet any need. It is when we have this “Superhero Faith” that miracles can and do happen.
The crowds were fed…and there was food left over..12 basketfulls…all because of a little boy with “Superhero Faith” and what he had offered unto the Lord….One thing to remember is that in the presence of doubt, miracles don’t happen, but in the atmosphere of faith the miraculous can be accomplished.
The blessing of this miracle is that *Nathan’s offering was multiplied enough for there to be leftovers. It’s amazing when we partake with faith?and we have something to give away?That is the way that we too should live our lives?in “Superhero Faith.”
Message Synopsis by Sue Keller and edited by Pastor John Soshea
*A fictitious name being used to personalize the story of the little boy whose lunch was used in the feeding of the multitude in John 6.
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