Jesus Provides Above and Beyond, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 66)

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TEXT: John 6:1-11

1 After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias.

2 And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.

3 And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples.

4 And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.

5 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?

6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.

7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.

8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him,

9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?

10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.

11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 66.

Leon Morris said, “For the significance of this story we must bear in mind that the figure of eating and drinking is widely used in the Old Testament. It is a figure of prosperity, and it is often used of the blessings the people of God would enjoy in the Promised Land.”

Before feeding the 5,000, Jesus takes this opportunity to test his disciples — to see where their hearts and minds were regarding the ministry that He was training them to carry on. The question was simply, ‘How do you think we should feed all these people?’ Philip failed the test: he only looked at human means of solving the problem, and he concluded that even extraordinary human effort — raising eight months’ worth of daily wages — would not have been enough.

Andrew answers next, and he does only a little better than Philip. “Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto Jesus, There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?” Instead of looking at what they didn’t have (eight month’s worth of wages), at least Andrew looks at what they did have and brings it to Jesus — a little boy with a lunch of five barley loaves and two small fishes. Unfortunately, Andrew immediately discounts the little that they do have.

Short of sending the people away to buy food for themselves, the other disciples apparently have no other ideas. The other Gospels tell us that Jesus did not want to send the people away for fear that they would grow faint on the way back to their homes. Instead, Jesus directs His disciples to begin organizing the crowd to receive the miracle. “Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.” There were likely about 10,000 people there counting women and children.

Notice the orderliness in which Jesus carried out this task. There was no sudden appearance of stockpiles of food; there was no mad rush of people trying to get hold of a meal. Jesus and His twelve disciples handled a crowd of about ten thousand tired, hungry, irritable people. Notice also the simplicity in which Jesus carried out this task. There was no fanfare, no flourishes, no pompous announcement, no long, elaborate prayer. “Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.”

The miracle of multiplication took place in Jesus’ hands. He simply kept handing the food to His disciples, and they kept distributing it to the people until they had eaten their fill. It was done so quietly that there were likely some people there in the crowd who missed the actual miraculous occurrence entirely. All they knew was that, one moment, there was no food, and the next moment, someone was coming up to them offering them a meal. Yes, God works in mysterious ways, but He also works in quiet, almost unnoticeable ways as well.

When we look at the life of Jesus in the perspective of what was happening in the world during that time, we see that God was working in similar, almost unnoticeable ways as well. Every Christmas, we remember the bright star from the east, the angels announcing His birth, and the wise men bringing gifts fit for a king. But, to the world of that day, Jesus was just another baby born to a poor, newlywed Jewish couple, in the unremarkable town of Bethlehem. Every Easter, we mark the momentous events surrounding Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection — the greatest events in the history of the world. But the rest of the world at that time, just saw Jesus as another rebel Jewish leader who had crossed the Roman government and was being put to death.

What so many didn’t realize was that Jesus’ crucifixion was not just that of another criminal, but the Son of God who had willingly took upon Himself the criminal acts of all other people who had lived or who had yet to live so that He could deliver them from eternal separation from God in that awful place called Hell. By His death, burial, and resurrection, this same Jesus who fed the 5,000 fish and bread in the wilderness became the Bread of Life to so many more.

Joseph Parker said, “Humans need Jesus Christ as a necessity and not as a luxury. You may be pleased to have flowers, but you must have bread. Jesus is not a phenomenon, He is bread: Christ is not a curiosity, He is water. As surely as we cannot live without bread, we cannot live truly without Christ: If we know not Christ we are not living, our movement is a mechanical flutter, our pulse is but the stirring of an animal life.”

Do you desire to take part of the Bread of Life today? Do you desire to be born again and spend eternal life with God *** in Heaven? If so, here is how you can receive Jesus Christ as your Savior today.

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.

2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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