Series: The Gospel Can't Be Contained
July 25, 2021
There's nothing like a great church dinner with all the different casseroles, side dishes, desserts, etc. The great thing about them is everyone is welcomed. Even if you forgot about the dinner and didn't bring anything, the call goes out to join us anyway because, "There's always plenty to go around." ---------- Such was the case when Jesus fed the multitude of people who had come to hear Him teach. So much so that when they were done eating there were still twelve baskets of food that was collected. God had provided through His Son, Jesus. ---------- Of course, it would be short-sighted to just assume this was about providing food for hungry people. While that was indeed true, there was so much more truth that was taught through this miracle ... both then and now.
John 21:25, Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.
John 1:3, All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made.
Jehovah-jireh: The Lord who provides.
Genesis 22:14, So Abraham called the name of that place, “The LORD will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”
Big Idea: Come hungry and Jesus will provide.
1. Jesus provides rest for the weary.
(Journal) Mark 6:30-32
Matthew 11:28-30, Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.
Hebrews 3:10-11, Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart; they have not known My ways.’As I swore in My wrath ‘They shall not enter My rest.’”
2. Jesus provides truth for the wandering.
(Journal) Mark 6:33-34
Ezekiel 34:5-6, So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for all the wild beasts. My sheep were scattered; they wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. My sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth, with none to search or seek for them.
John 10:10-11, The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
3. Jesus provides food for the hungry.
(Journal) Mark 6:35-44
John 6:35, Jesus said to them, “I am the Bread of life; whoever comes to Me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst.
Matthew 5:6, Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Next Step: Be satisfied in Jesus and nothing else.
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