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Putting Your Trust in Jesus

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Jesus feeding of 4,000

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Putting your trust in Jesus

Sermon #7
As we continue through the narrative of Matthew’s gospel, we reflect on the path that Jesus was on over the
A. Jesus’ journey through Galilee
The gospel of Matthew is pregnant with the miracles of Jesus from His conception and birth, to cleansing of lepers and healing a centurion servant, to casting out demons in Gadara and healing a woman with an issue of blood. These are just some of the miraculous wonders that Christ performed while ministering to the people of God in Galilee.
B. Jesus miracles
C. Jesus’ fame throughout the region

Miracle of the feeding of the 4,000

A miracle that demonstrated that Jesus is the Messiah, and that true disciples put their trust in Him.

A miracle that demonstrated that Jesus is the Messiah, and that true disciples put their trust in Him.
A. Jesus felt compassion for the people
1. The people remained with Him.
B. Jesus asked a question
1. How many loaves do you have? This was the question that Jesus posed to the disciples. This question was in response to the lack of faith that the disciples once again demonstrated in believing that Jesus is who He is, and is able to do what He said He could do. These were the same disciples that were present when Jesus fed 5,000 with 2 small fish and 5 barley loaves.
2. The disciples were brought to the same position of service to the people as they were before. The question raised was, how much do you have to contribute to the needs of others?
3. The disciples were looking at their circumstances through faithless lenses. Their focus was not on the solution, but on the problem. Their sights were set on the crowd and not on Christ. They asked, “where would we get so many loaves in this desolate place to satisfy such a large crowd?”
4. Jesus is still asking His disciples the question today, “how many loaves do you have? How much time do you have? How much compassion do you have? Some will answer the way the disciples answered and say, “seven, and a few small fish.” Others will say, I don’t have anything, but there is a lad here with 2 small fish and 5 barley loaves. And yet, still others will say, “I don’t have time to give to others, or I am not ready to give to others, or I’m to shy to give to others.
C. Jesus gave a direction
1. The people were commanded to recline. They were put in a position of relaxation. They were told to sit down. This is an imperative in the Greek language which is translated in the NRSV as “ordered”; in the ESV as “directed”, and in the ASV as “commanded.”
2. The text does not give the crowds verbal response, but it eludes to the fact that the crowd was obedient to His command.
3. Then, Jesus took from those disciples who had contributed to the work of meeting the needs of others.
D. Jesus prayed a prayer
1. Jesus communicates with the Father by giving thanks. He does the same thing here as He did in . He thanks the Provider, and blesses the provision.
2. Acknowledging the Father in giving thanks resulted in a miracle. The miracle was, that they did not have enough fish or faith before they brought their provision to Christ, but Jesus increased both the fish and their faith. The miracle was that they didn’t have enough bread or belief before they brought their portion to Christ, but Jesus increased both the bread and their belief.
3. They were all satisfied
The word “satisfied” in this text is used as a verb which means “enough.” In the OT that word is often translated as “content” such as in
4. Jesus is the bread that is the satisfaction of our hunger. He satisfies the souls craving for truth and righteousness. He is the satisfaction to the Father for the unblemished sacrifice for our sins. He became the Passover Lamb that was slain who fills us until we have had enough.
Pastor Johnny Hunt, pastor of 1st Baptist Church of Woodstock , GA
At last
In regards to famine in the world or not enough to eat:
“Those parts of the world that have no Christian roots invariably place a lower value on human life. Without proper view of God, there cannot be a proper view of man. Those who have a right view of God and also a right relationship with Jesus Christ are promised the provision of their Heavenly Father.”
Christ died according to the Scriptures, was buried in a tomb according to the Scriptures, and was raised on the third day according to Scriptures. He is King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
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