John 6:1-21 “The Journey is the Destination” JUMC 20120729

From Field by Sea of Galilee

At the site of the 5000

4 Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. 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 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. 7 Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” 10 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. 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. 12 When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” 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. 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.” 15 When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself. 16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21 Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going. [NRSV]

Jesus asks Disciples to identify the starting place.

What DO we already have?

What are we WILLING to give away?

Who will SHARE?

The second miracle in the chapter is about ARRIVING at the destination.

The two miracles are connected.. In the first Jesus asked where are you when you look to your own strength and ability? Doubting, questioning and search.

In the second, the moment the disciples recognize Jesus is with them, they arrive at their destination, they get it.

Their faith journey is our faith journey as disciples.

We begin where we actually are and we arrive when we give ourselves away to Christ.

When we do none are lost, including ourselves.

SO WHAT? Answer these question with the disciples around you today:

Where are we right now, in the presence of Christ’s call to disciples the world around us?

What are we willing to share? Who is willing to share? What happens when Christ blessing our sacrifices?

Do we get it that Christ calls us to be disciples right her, right now? When we do, we fulfill who we are as the church.

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