Can Jesus Have Your Lunch?
Steve N. Wagers
John 6: 1-14
November 5. 2006
1. How to Embrace God's Will for Your Life!
A) Find His Will Personally
B) Follow His Will Passionately
2. How to Encounter God's Work in Your Life!
A) We Must Heed to What the Lord Speaks
B) We Must Hand over What the Lord Seeks
3. How to Experience God's Wonder through Your Life!
A) His Glorious Provision
B) His Generous Portion
In John 6 we find one of the most familiar miracles Jesus ever performed. It is the miracle commonly referred to as "The Feeding of the 5000." A preacher friend of mine named Tom Hayes refers to this as "the miracle of the saltines and the sardines." It's interesting that this is the ONLY miracle of Jesus recorded in all 4 gospels.
I read about the preacher that announced that the next Sunday he was going to preach on Noah and his Ark. The next Sunday he got up to read his text not knowing that some boys had glued some of the pages of his Bible together. He began to read, "Noah took unto himself a wife and she was," he turned the page and continued to read, "three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide, and thirty cubits high." He paused and then read it again. He then looked up and said, "You know, I have been studying the Bible for almost fifty years, but there are still some things in that are hard to believe."
I have heard, read, studied and preached the miracle of the feeding of the 5000 for a number of years and, to be honest, it's still hard to believe. It reminds me of a Sunday school teacher who was trying to illustrate the danger of drinking alcohol to her class. She filled up 2 glasses, one with water and the other with whiskey. Then, she pulled out some earth worms and dropped some of them into the water, and they had a great time.
Then, she dropped some of those worms into the glass of whiskey; and, before long, those worms curled up and died. She said, "Now, class, what does this teach us?" One little ...
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