Introduction: Because Jesus uses the ordinary to accomplish the extraordinary, we can trust him to provide in impossible circumstances.
The Text: John 6:1-15
Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation…” [Genesis 12:1-2]
This was God’s promise to Abraham. But by the time his descendants were numerous enough to be considered “a great nation”, they had become slaves in the land of Egypt. Then God called a man named Moses to lead the people out of slavery and back to the promised land. They did become a great nation, with kings like David and Solomon.
By the time of Jesus though, they were again in relative slavery. This time to Rome. And the people are looking for, longing for, the promised Messiah, the Prophet like Moses, to again lead them to freedom.
There has been four hundred years of silence, when there was no prophet at all. Then came John the Baptist! A prophet! It was a time of great national excitement! John proclaimed that the Messiah was coming. He was here to prepare the way!
One of the things we saw in the previous chapter was that John burned brightly and the nation, even the religious leaders,
…were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. [John 5:35]
And now John tells us that Jesus is gathering a large crowd,
…because they saw the signs that he was doing… [John 6:2]
So here is Jesus, doing these miraculous things, like healing people who have been crippled for 38 years! And so people are talking and gathering to see what he will do next. And to add to the excitement, …