River Rock Baptist Church
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
All To The Glory of God

John Lesson #17

 
John Lesson  # 17

 

John 6:1-13

 
 

Our God is a God of miracles, and nothing is impossible with Him! He can meet every need that arises. Feeding tens of thousands with a couple of fish and chips was a small thing for Jesus. How did He do it? It was a Miracle! Jesus supersized what little they had, mouths were filled, and everyone had themselves a happy meal! And He can meet your needs today, and is working miracles today in those who trust in Him!

 
 
1.     The Multitude
v. 2 Multitudes today are hungry.
 
        a.     Physical hunger

1/3rd of the world is underfed, 1/3rd is starving, and the other 1/3rd are here today. But many even in America, and certainly many in our town, go to bed hungry, and when they awake, they are no better. We are bombarded w/ images of starving people on TV…we should be careful not to allow ourselves to be desensitized to the very real epidemic of hungry people. Do you help with our food pantry needs? We have great opportunities every week to help the hungry in our area, and sometimes in our church. Jesus met physical needs before spiritual needs. And famine could easily come to America.

 

What a ‘happy meal’ this was to that enormous crowd on that hillside. They couldn’t focus on their eternal needs until their temporal needs were met. Their bellies cried out so loudly that their spirits could not focus on their need. But Jesus met their physical need and included a prize inside far better. It was the bread of heaven, and a living water thru which they would never thirst again…and He supersized it for all who would accept it that day!

 
 
        b.     Emotional hunger

They are hungry for acceptance, understanding, and unconditional love. They are looking for meaning in life and a purpose for their life. Self help books are best sellers by the thousands as people search for something real. They are ‘without natural affection’ and we need to share the love of Jesus with them…He’s the one who can help them. An entire generation exists today who has not been truly loved. They grew up something less than acceptance and unconditional love, and no wonder they don’t know how to love or be loved. Dysfunctional parents raise dysfunctional kids, and today we are several generations along that road. Emotional hunger pangs loudly.

 
 
        c.     Spiritual hunger

Deep in the heart of man is a void which can only be filled with God his Creator. This is the need in our lives for forgiveness…to be cleansed of sin. Remember the time in your life before you were saved? Remember the spiritual hunger? Remember the emptiness and the void in your soul? God filled it when you were born again!

 

Rich people commit suicide at the same rate as the poor, because THINGS don’t satisfy, and nothing can fill the void properly except Jesus. They may have plenty of food, but they are starving spiritually, and their hunger can only be satisfied thru Christ!

 

People live for power and pleasure, promiscuity and prestige but they find them empty, and we need to be waiting in the wings to bring them real sustenance for their souls in the desert of their days.

 

Now this multitude was not present for the right reasons. They were there simply to see a miracle. “Show us your tricks we have heard about,” they said. Time went by and they got hungry, and Jesus saw His opportunity to give them what they wanted, and it led to an opportunity to give them what they needed. 

 

The point: this crowd didn’t deserve to be fed, but Jesus fed them anyway. And you and I don’t deserve to be saved, but Jesus saved us anyway. Our church doesn’t deserve God’s blessings, but He gives them to us anyway!

 

Well, v. 7 says Philip calculated that it would take 6 month’s wages to feed this crowd one meal. But he was making a critical mistake…he was looking at the multitude, when He should have been looking at the Master!

 
 
2.     The Master
 
        a.     A Personal Master
v. 8-9      It was Andrew who found a little lad w/ a little lunch. But little is much when God is in it. Matthew Jesus said, “bring them to me.”
 

And just a little bit that you have, when placed in Jesus’ hands, becomes a whole lot!

 

You are just one…one life broken by sin, scarred by sin, marred by sin, but put that one life in the hands of the Master and watch what He can do!

 
 
        b.     A Practical Master

v. 10        The book of Mark clarifies that Jesus told the disciples to organize the crowd by 50s and 100s. Our God is a God of order. You can see it in the universe, and in His masterful plan for redemption. Your body has organs...called that because they are organized. So why do many churches feel it is unspiritual to be organized? Why do many Christians not want to live on a budget, or by a schedule? Why would a preacher get up to speak without studying and preparing to give God’s Word to the hungry people?

 

I’m all for the Holy Spirit’s leading, but I’ve been in some services where they stand up and say, “We don’t know who is going to sing or speak or how this service will go, we’ll just follow the Spirit’s hand.” I want you know that what I experienced in those services I wouldn’t want to blame on the Holy Spirit. I believe we can have His leading in our studies, preparations, and in our planning, and then ‘in the moment’ as well! And yes, we should be open to change as He leads start to finish!

 

Even the leftovers were organized...v. 12

 

We're just a small organization, but "Little is Much When God is in It."

 

Jesus is a personal and a practical Master.

 
 
3.     The Miracle

v. 11        I like the fact that He used the disciples to distribute the bread. He didn’t have to do that, but He chooses to use us. We don’t manufacture the bread, but we are called to be delivery persons. I’m a bread man, and proud to be so!

 

What can we learn from this miracle? I see what to do in an impossible situation.

Matthew's Gospel: Jesus told the disciples, ‘you feed them.’ It was an impossibility. And many here today are facing impossible situations…maybe it’s at work, or in the home, or in your finances. “What in the world are we gonna do?!”

 

Do this: Do what the disciples did! START WITH WHAT YOU HAVE! Don’t wait for everything to be perfect, have some faith and start with what you have. Give what you have…you can’t give what you don’t yet have, and you’ll never have it if you do nothing!

 

The wonderful thing about our God is that He takes us where we are and uses what we have. He sees down the road to all He desires to make of us miraculously. 

 

But then, even after seeing the rod turn into a serpent and back into a rod, Moses said, “I don’t have the inclination”, or “I don’t want to!” You see, we need to obey what God has told us to do. Some here today are in a bit of a pickle when God challenges them to rise to the next level, not because they don’t know what to do, but because they don’t want to do what they know God has told them to do.

 

You may look in the mirror at your gifts, talents, and abilities, and it may not appear to be a full meal deal. I like the double quarter pounder. I recently discovered they will give you a double fish sandwich if you ask, but it doesn’t matter if I’m a Happy Meal with the tiny little ‘where’s the beef’, pickle-sized patty…all that matters is that what little I do have is placed in the hand of the Master!

 

For some, the problem is not knowing what do, but doing what you know. What do you have to give? What’s in your wallet? What’s in your hand? The disciples didn’t have to obey God’s commands, but they believed and did what they could with what they had.

 

Let’s be God’s bread deliverymen. Meals on wheels!