Published October 20, 2011
John 6:5-13, 35-40
Family Bible Studies for Life, Oct 30
In the events of Jesus’ life and ministry we discover His love and disposition toward those He encounters. In the beginning of this passage we learn of the details of His concern and compassion for the people.
He is sensitive to their needs. He had developed a great following because of the many miracles He had performed as He healed people and their lives were changed.
Some were already interested in making Him their king. Jesus was only interested in fulfilling the desire of the Father Who was to bring hope to a lost and dying world.
Jesus provides - John 6:5-13
A great number of people have followed Jesus; the Scripture shares with us about five thousand, and this did not include women and children. Jesus Himself presents the problem they are facing. The people need to be fed. If somehow we could have been there we would see people wearied and hungered because of following the man of miracles.
It is well documented this problem could not be solved by human means. In fact, the price of the meal and the inability to give them enough to eat is discussed. Then Andrew reveals there is a boy with five loaves and two fish.
Remember, Andrew was the brother of Simon Peter. He introduced his brother to Jesus. Some have given him the title of being the first home missionary. Andrew had great faith in Jesus. He knew He could do anything.
We should all know the Lord Jesus can do anything. There is no limitation to His power and abilities. Surely the man that heals will have no problem multiplying food for the crowd.
Truth is, Christians do not call on the Lord in all things. We tend to limit His abilities and fail to call on Him.
Think of the innocence of a little boy holding five loaves and two fishes. Oftentimes in Scripture we have seen the Lord use the possession in someone’s hand. Remember, He used the rod in the hand of Moses and the sling in the hand of David.
Notice the language in the Scripture – “But what are they among so many?” This miracle is real proof that Jesus is God and the things we offer Him, He will multiply and use for His glory.
Jesus satisfies - John 6:35-36
Sinners are always searching for satisfaction. They are hungry and thirsty and nothing will satisfy their soul. Here, Jesus makes a profound announcement to all that He will listen and for all to believe in Him.
When we believe in Jesus and follow him we will be satisfied. Jesus is the bread of life. With this proclamation Jesus makes a profound accusation. Even though they have seen him, they will not believe.
This is incredible; even those that witness and touch and listen to the Savior of the world will not believe. He has just performed before their very eyes this incredible miracle. After seeing His response we may ask the question: What will it take for some to believe?
As you read this today please know that Jesus will satisfy the hunger and thirst of your soul. This should motivate those who have been satisfied to reach those who have not been satisfied.
The believers are the literal carriers of the truth and reality of our Savior’s promise. We do not need any other motivations. We have His command in the Great Commission to carry this truth to a lost and dying world.
One of the most profound places to witness this fact is in the actions of Peter and John in Acts 3. What a picture of a lost, hungry man searching for satisfaction! Every other day they had passed him but he had stayed the same.
This was a different day and it begins with the command of the believers acting on the power of God. Who in this world can have this satisfaction if the believers will not introduce them to the power of God that will save?
Perhaps we need to ask the question of an old hymn: “But the question comes to me, As I think of Calvary, Is my Master satisfied with me?”
Jesus secures - John 6:37-40
Eternal security is a great debate in Christianity. How could one doubt our security in Jesus with the promises He makes in this text? Along with this promise He gives His purpose.
Jesus had been given a mandate from the Father. We can find the purpose of our Lord in John 10:10: “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Jesus also said in Matthew 11:28: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Salvation can be found only for all that come to Him and believe.
The bread and fish the Lord multiplied for them on this occasion was temporal and they would become hungry again. He stated so well in verse 35, “He that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”
The hope for the sinner without Jesus is the gift of salvation to be given when they trust Jesus by faith.
This brings us to a most important question in this study – Who is Jesus to you? Is He your Savior? Have you believed on Him? If not today, you can put your trust in Him by confessing your sin and repenting or turning from it. Then invite Jesus to come into your heart and save you from your sin and promise to follow Him and serve Him as your Lord and master.
If you will do this you will be saved, satisfied and secure.
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