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John 6:1-21

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The Feeding of the 5,000

Only miracle listed in all four of the gospels

1. The desire of Jesus v.1-4

This is about 1 year after the end of John 5. We see that in Mark 6:30 after they returned from their missions
Mark 6:30 NKJV
30 Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught.
Bethsaida - this is where Peter and Andrew were from.
v2. The multitudes following Jesus for signs - the wrong reason.... John 6:26
John 6:26 NKJV
26 Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.
v3. Jesus’s desire was to be alone with His disciples
v4. The Passover was near

2. The compassion of Jesus v.5

Mark 6:34 NKJV
34 And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things.
Philippians 2:3–5 NKJV
3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,

3. The Testing by Jesus v.5-6

Bethsaida is Phillips hometown
John 12:21 NKJV
21 Then they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”
Jesus is testing Phillip to see if Phillip is relying on himself or relying on Jesus

4. The Answer for Jesus v.7-9

Phillip had 200 denarii v.7
not enough - This represented about 8 months of wages
Phillip thought money was the solution for the problem
Andrew failed as well v.8-9
Barley bread was used to feed livestock.
Andrew failed to understand that a little bit in the hands of the Lord goes a long, long way.

5. The Miracle from Jesus v.10-11

v.11 Jesus gave thanks as it came from above.
It is God’s will that we give thanks
James 1:17 NKJV
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
Prayer - Jesus thanked God for the food.
Deuteronomy 8:10 NKJV
10 When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you.

6. The lesson by Jesus v.12-13

Spiritual - Gather the fragments so that none are lost.
Luke 19:10 NKJV
10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
2 Peter 3:9 NKJV
9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
Physical - Picked up 12 baskets of fragments…One for each of the 12 disciples
Quit relying on yourselves
Philippians 4:19 NKJV
19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 3:20 NKJV
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
Proverbs 3:5–6 NKJV
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

7. The Statement about Jesus v.14

The prophet
Deuteronomy 18:15 NKJV
15 “The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear,
Deuteronomy 18:18 NKJV
18 I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.
Deuteronomy 15:16 NKJV
16 And if it happens that he says to you, ‘I will not go away from you,’ because he loves you and your house, since he prospers with you,
The followed him physically
John 6:26 NKJV
26 Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.
Jesus became the Messiah spiritually

The Comfort of Jesus

John 6:15-21 is about how Jesus comes to comforts us in our storms. Matthew 14 and Mark 6 are the parallel gospels to this account.

1. The example of the Lord v.15

Jesus perceived that the Jews wanted Him to be a political and military king.
John 6:26 NKJV
26 Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.
He came to be a servant, not a king.
He came to be the bread of life

2. The knowledge of the Lord v.16-18

The sea of Galilee is 680 feet below sea level.
Jesus made the disciples get into the boat… Jesus had full knowledge that the storm was coming.
Mark 6:45 NKJV
45 Immediately He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while He sent the multitude away.
Whatever storm you are in, God knows about it or is making it happen.
Ephesians 1:11 NKJV
11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,
Mark 6:48 NKJV
48 Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by.
Disciples did not see Jesus, but He could see them.
Proverbs 15:3 NKJV
3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good.
Zechariah 4:10 NKJV
10 For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see The plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the Lord, Which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.”
God is with us
Hebrews 13:5 NKJV
5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Matthew 28:20 NKJV
20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

3. The timing of the storm V19

v.16 - left in the evening, the 1st watch which is from 6PM-9PM
Matthew 14:25 NKJV
25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.
The fourth watch of night is from 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM
The disciples were in the storm for a period of 6-12 hours!
God’s timing is always perfect, He is never late.
Why the storm?
To turn our eyes to Jesus
So we can minister to others - 2 Cor 1:3
2 Corinthians 1:3 NKJV
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
2 Corinthians 4:18 NKJV
18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Romans 5:3 NKJV
3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;
James 1:2 NKJV
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,

4. The Words of Lord

v.20 - Do not be afraid!

The storm is still raging at this point in time

Jesus is calming the storm internally

1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV
13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
Matthew 14:28–32 NKJV
28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” 31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

Peter’s Prayer? Lord, Save me!

5. Receiving the Lord v21

Mark 6:51 NKJV
51 Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled.
Psalm 107:29 NKJV
29 He calms the storm, So that its waves are still.


Philippians 4:7 NKJV
7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
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