Sunday, July 3, 2011

Faith Births Miracles (John 6:1-14)

Text: John 6:1-14 (The Feeding of the Five Thousand)

After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples. 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?" Then Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, "Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost." Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, "This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world."(John 6:1-14)

1. The Supernatural Perspective of Faith

He said to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?" .... Philip answered Him, "Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them,..." 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?" Then Jesus said, "Make the people sit down."

The disciples had a natural and rational perspective; but, Jesus had a supernatural perspective. What reason sees as naturally impossible, faith sees as supernaturally possible.

2. The Spoken Word of Faith

Then Jesus said, "Make the people sit down."

The disciples were speaking negative words of fear. Jesus spoke the positive words of divine confidence.

3. The Specific Act of Faith

And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted.

Jesus did not just speak faith, He acted according to it. Faith without works is dead. Do what you believe God can do through you!

4. The Sumless Power of Faith

So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, "Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost." Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.

There is nothing impossible for Jesus and nothing impossible for those who believe in Jesus, i.e. those who walk according to His will.

Believe in Jesus and experience His miraculous power in your life right now!

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