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Which Chair Are You In? (11 of 34)
Series: Jesus, the One and Only
We come this morning to a very unique and important chapter in the New Testament.
• This is the only miracle recorded in all four gospels except the resurrection. .
• This chapter of John is the longest chapter in the whole of the New Testament.
• It is the only account where Jesus ever asked the advice of another person before He performed the miracle.
• It is the only time that Jesus ever performed a miracle before such a huge crowd.
With that in mind let's look at this very unique miracle.
John 6:1-14 (NASB95)
1 After these things Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (or Tiberias). 2 A large crowd followed Him, because they saw the signs which He was performing on those who were sick. 3 Then Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat down with His disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was near. 5 Therefore Jesus, lifting up His eyes and seeing that a large crowd was coming to Him, said to Philip, "Where are we to buy bread, so that these may eat?"
Large crowds were descending on the Holy Land to celebrate the Passover, so this explains why so many people were free to follow Jesus across the countryside. A mighty multitude had followed Him and had settled in for the evening; the sun was setting; evening was coming; stomachs were growling; because it was suppertime. John tells us in verse 10 that the men alone numbered
5,000. Matthew tells us that there were also women and children. Bible scholars tell us there were probably also 5000 women.
If there were 5000 men and 5000 women, there were at least 100,000 kids somewhere.
Actually scholars conservatively estimate that at a minimum the crowd numbered somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 people.
Notice verse 6 -
6 This He was saying to test him, for He Himself knew what He was intending to do.
IN WHAT WAY WAS HE TESTING THEM???
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