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“What Are They Among So Many?” (John 6)
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Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.

Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.”

One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” (vs5-9)

We must see our own insufficiency, so that we can trust Christ. We are not able to save ourselves, so that we can be saved by looking upon Him who needs no help from man. The gospel saves us when our own resources are empty. Someone wrote, “It is almost always the case, that when we are face to face with some emergency, we begin to calculate our ways and means. When we are tested, we take out pencils and paper, and begin to count up our resources, as the disciples did when they said: Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not enough, that every one may take a little!” He gives us GREAT distresses, so that this unbelief can be broken, and we can experience what He can do. Paul said, “Therefore I take pleasure [rejoice in Christ] in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake [because He will give me strength]. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor 12:10). Christ is the One who posed the question, and He knew what He’d do. He said, “Where shall ‘we’ buy bread”, because He is with all who trust Him.

Imagine if you’d kept the holy law, walking blamelessly as Jesus did: Do you believe that God would forsake you? Not possible. He must reward the righteous, and you trust Christ, which is doing exactly what He commands you. He will not let you down, but He will be here for you until the end. He will not let sin be too strong, temptation be too powerful, or circumstances be too much for you. He will not forsake us because Jesus obeyed the Father, He is the REASON that we are blessed, and God is unlimited in His power. 5 loaves and two fish are plenty. Gideon’s army was too many to give God glory so He whittled them down to the men who drank water like dogs (Judges 7:2-7).

Are you weak? He is strong, and when extreme dangers, disappointments, and fears perplex you… when you get bad news and all seems insurmountable… remember the Son of God takes faith and turns it into eternal life. He takes local churches, insignificant and unable in ourselves, and He makes us instruments for others. Walk in God’s power in the merit of God’s Son. As seeing the Invisible, walk with God.

Finally, it shall be well with us for receiving Christ (John 6:16-21). We read, “Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was already dark, and Jesus had not come to them. Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing. So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid. But He said to them, ‘It is I; do not be afraid.’ Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.” The disciples are in a storm, broken from self-sufficiency and unable to save themselves. Then, He comes, walking upon the water, and they are fearful. “I’m a sinner”, “I deserve hell”, “I’m too weak”, “God hasn’t heard me yet”, “It is too hard”, etc, etc, etc. These fears torment us until we receive Him as merciful, saving, and real. We take Him at His word of kindness, receive His covenant mercies, and we cannot be confounded! I may not get the promotion, though I can pray, but I’m guaranteed a better attitude… maybe not a wife, but peace… and maybe not health, but grace to die and live forever. This life has ONE NEED. Receive Christ as risen for your salvation, enthroned for your holiness, and coming soon for your reward. Live optimistically, receiving Him as gracious. Do not walk around as if you are undeserving, but receive His goodness to the unworthy and unable. You have all that you need by receiving His teaching, atonement, and power.

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Heshimu Colar, Pastor of The Gospel Church, faithfully proclaims the saving message of Jesus Christ, continually exalting Him in God's word as the Savior of...

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