:1 After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. 6:2 A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. 6:3 Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. 6:5 When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” 6:6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 6:9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. 6:11 Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” 6:13 So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets.
6:14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.”
Jesus did many signs and wonders, which drew a crowd, but it was not a crowd that was his at his heart.
It was the heart of each one in the crowd, and those not there.
The scene is Jesus and the disciples trying to get away from the crowd, and the need to feed the crowd comes with their pressing in.
Jesus’ heart is always first for the lost.
The miracle of one boy sharing his lunch
The miracle of the one boy’s lunch feeding thousands
The miracle of there being food left over..
This familiar scene points to great IMPOSSIBLE things God can do
It retells how God is willing to use GENEROSITY
It makes clear that Jesus is aware of the link to the body in order to reach the spirit.
But in the tail end of the story IS THE STORY.
Vs 12: Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.
1. The call to disciples is to gather up the fragments
The world of most families feels more fragmented than ever
We can’t forget we are at war that divides countries & homes
We are divided by haves and have not’s
Those with credit, jobs and prosperity and those who don’t
Dreams that have crumbled & those who dare to dream again
TO THOSE WHO HUNGER in FRAGMENTED & BROKEN ways
Jesus Says Gather them in.
Not for what they can give, but for what they need most.
Not that their motives and hearts are right, rather because not.
2. The call to disciples is to work with the left over’s
When does jesus tell disciples to begin when they have raised
All the money that they need before they start?
When does Jesus give all the right answers before we are
Asked to tell
When do you have enough to not be anxious about the
Bank balance, bills due and the, unexpected crisis fund?
TO THOSE WHO HAVE BUT THE LEFTOVERS COMPARED TO THE TASK, gather the scraps… look what God can do
The call to the disciples is to work with everyone, that none be lost.
Is it worth it? Is he worth the effort to God?
Can we reach the spirit by the stop-gap payment
TO THOSE WHO ARE LOST, BE NOT AFRAID, the good people of Blue Ridge UMC are going out to the wilderness where you are, to give you the power, love, generosity, and way to Christ, that Gives them strength. (The Lost folks are counting on you…) Amen.