Jesus Fed Five Thousand

Jesus Fed Five Thousand

By Henry Nelson

 

 

 

Romans 8:3737 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.Jesus is the bread of life for our spiritual, just as bread is for our physical. I was in church one morning and the pastor handed out bread at the start of the sermon-three loaves of different kinds-told people to keep the bread going until it is all gone. What is bread anyway? Why would Jesus compare himself to it?Bread is some awesome stuff. Bread is a substance known and used by every society on the face of the earth. From the American who goes to the store to buy his bread to the savage who cooks his daily ration of bread on a stone beside his fire, bread is consumed by people everywhere.By the same token, most people enjoy their bread. While some like meat and others do not, or some like greens and others do not, most people like bread. Bread is one of the few foods that can be tolerated [[more]] by most digestive systems. Also, bread has a satisfying quality that few other food products have. I mean why do you have bread makers people like a variety of different breads? Anyway you slice it, bread is good and it is a food that most people need, use and enjoy. It was no different than as it is now.For Jesus to call himself the “BREAD OF LIFE” it makes sense, then. This is something used by everyone, enjoyed by almost everyone, and satisfied those who enjoy it. Amen!But I have the sneaking suspicion that Jesus was taking this to an even deep level. Let me explain.First we have to look at Jesus’ timing. Just before this sermon on doing and being bread, Jesus fed the crowds with bread. Remember, the little boy had five loaves and two fish, right and the people were amazed.Another aspect of Jesus’ timing was that he had tried to get away from them after this miracle. In fact, because the disciples had taken the boat while he was off praying, meditating, etc., he decided just to walk out onto the water and meet them. And when the people gathered saw the boats were gone and no Jesus, they began to search.So we have a miracle, another miracle, and then a search.But that’s not all, Jesus’ timing was also amazing because Jesus did this all before he was to be rejected by the Jews rejected by some of his disciples and rejected by his family.Jesus knew that in the midst of everything that had happened, was happening, and would be happening that he needed to make a strong statement so that he ministry could keep moving forward toward that eventual day in Jerusalem and beyond.And was we look at everything happening around us today, the timing is important as well. In the newsletter that you’ll receive today, I make no qualms about what I believe and I will be honest with you it may not be what you’ve been hearing from other leaders. While they continually talk about the need for peace at all costs, they forgotten all sense of justice. I believe that we need to work through the United Nations. I believe that we shouldn’t have to go this alone. And I believe that if Hussein, Kim John II and the rest would what is being asked of them by the rest of the world, we would not be in this mess in the first place. But in that newsletter article I made it very clear. I do not follow George Bush. I do not follow bishops who speak just because they have a golden pulpit to speak from. And I do not need everyone else trying to tell me how I am supposed to believe. As for me and my household, we’ll follow Jesus Christ. There is no better timing to recognize that Jesus is the one who fills and satisfies. There is no better time to turn the rhetoric off our televisions and our radios and turn our hearts to the Lord. There is no better time to say I have nothing to fear; for neither life nor death, nor principalities nor power, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created things shall be able to separate me from the love of God found in Jesus Christ. Romans 8:37 says; 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Amen!Now more the ever, the timing is right for the church of Jesus Christ to stand away from the rhetoric of our day, trying to figure out whose side we’re on, and say simply “I AM ON THE LORD”S SIDE.”This stuff does not frighten me. I follow the Light, I follow the Great Shepherd, I follow the Bread of Life, and I know there is something better in-store because I do. And it is in that, where I’ll put my faith.Jesus’ timing was excellent and so must be ours! Amen!But I think there was another reason why Jesus wanted to take this deeper level. Jesus wanted to show that as the Bread of Life, there was a difference between those who believe and those who “do” what they believe. This difference between “doing and being” has been with the church ever since!Jesus made this clear when he questioned why they had come. They asked “What shall we do.” Jesus said believe in One that God sent. They said they needed a sign like with Moses. Did he not just feed 5000+ with five loaves and two fishes? Did he not just disappear from their sight to end up a day’s journey from them? Jesus replied “Most assuredly, I say to you that My Father hive you the true bread from heaven not Moses.” Look here I am.They pleaded for this bread always Jesus said “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger and shall never thirst.”Jesus could have just told them to follow him and send money to his ministry.Jesus could have told them of his miraculous ability to walk on water Jesus could have said, “I AM the Greatest!!!!” and then showed-off all of his ability.But what As we leave this place; May the Bread of Life provide for us. May our timing match that of the One who protects us. And may we experience the Spirit as we do and believe, as it leads and directs, along our journey. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, may this be our prayer. AmenUntil next week!Brother Nelson