He did WHAT? Session 2 ~ Jesus Feeds the 5000

IT WAS HUGE! THE BIGGEST! Maybe, the BEST? But, most definitely the most noted of Jesus’ miracles in the Bible. The Feeding of the 5000 is the only miracle of Jesus that was put into all four of the Gospels. To be in all four books lends me to believe that God really wanted us to draw out some significance of this unique and amazing miracle.

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In class, we read through all four accounts and recalled where we all were on 9/11/2001 when the WTC was attacked and tumbled. Just as the day “the shot heard round the world” when JFK was shot and killed, the morning of September 11, 2001 is just one day that no one is likely to forget. We all were watching the same events unfold right before our eyes, yet there were so many different accounts of where we were, how it made us feel, etc. It must have been the same for Jesus’ disciples during this period.

Here are the passages where you can locate this story in all four books. It is great to read them back to back and see some different conclusions from each of the disciples accounts of the same event.

  • Matthew  14:13-21
  • Mark 6:30-44
  • Luke 9: 10-17
  • John 6:1-14

Some things we took away on these passages were observances such as:

Jesus does not like waste and He gives more than we need – This was proven in all four of the accounts when it clearly stated that there were plenty of leftovers and leftovers in abundance.

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Humans doubt. The disciples had just been given authority through Jesus to go out and perform miracles in His name directly before this miracle took place. When they all came back together after those journeys, this is where this story begins. Yet, the disciples continue to doubt. They are astonished and find it hard to believe that Jesus can feed all of those people from one little boy’s lunch. They had just had the powers of God themselves, yet they couldn’t believe what they witnessed. We all must be weighed down in doubt, even in our faith, we continue to doubt the things God can do. Remember, with God all things are possible!

Jesus gives thanks and displays the bread being broken. This could easily be foreshadowing his own broken body on the cross and how he looked up to our Father in heaven at that time too.

We were able to tie this to the Old Testament by locating a similar story that had taken place many years before this miracle. It is an account of the servant Elisha, who was Elijah’s understudy, in the book of 2 Kings and found in chapter 4 verses 42 -44 which reads:

“A man came from Baal Shalishah, bringing the man of God twenty loaves of barley bred baked from the first ripe grain, along with some heads of new grain. “Give it to the people to eat,” Elisha said.

“How can I set this before a hundred men?” his servant asked.

But Elisha answered, “Give it to the people to eat. For this is what the Lord says: ‘They will ear and have some left over.’ ” Then he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.

God certainly does work in mysterious ways. Jesus always was mysterious as He makes us to think through his parables, the significance of living of Christian life and how He provides for us on our journey.

Coming Up Next: Jesus and Water Miracles

See you then and may God bless you!

Miracles Show God’s Love for Us

In this series of digging into learning more about Jesus’ miracles, I am feeling that God is revealing to me that Jesus loved to set people free from ailments, demons, sicknesses and disabilities. He “had compassion” on them. He talked to them about His kingdom. He loved to give and give in abundance. He loved to show that He was the one capable of making one whole. Miracles are a way of teaching us about his great grace and mercy and how He wants to be the one to save us.

Do you know He can still do that today? All you have to do is surrender your will to His. However, being humans this is much easier said than done. Living in a fallen world rampant with sin is the hardest part of being a Christian. Yet, God asks us to believe in faith, to shine our light, to go out and be different. May we encourage one another like “iron sharpens iron” to make one another feel loved, confident, and truly free because of God’s grace of sending His son Jesus. Here is a great song that reminds us we are sooooooooooooo loved by God. Please listen and be encouraged!

He did WHAT? Session 1~ Water to Wine

TELOS was back in full swing this past Sunday after service. It was great to be back together again and we even grew a little bit and welcomed some new members who had not yet attended. So blessed!

After summarizing our end of the year 2016 by the use of one word – some of which were blessed, grandchildren, growth, family, trust, faith, etc. – we dug right into our series on miracles starting with what’s known as the first documented miracle in the Bible. It is when Jesus reportedly turned the water into wine at the wedding at Cana as found in the book of John chapter 2.

Jesus Changes Water Into Wine

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

 “Woman,why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

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Pretty amazing stuff, right? Yes! That’s how our Savior lets us know He is the true King of Kings! This series will be based on some key points but mostly discussions on new discoveries on Jesus’ miracles. Here’s some points we discovered in this lesson this week:

Obedience: Jesus really didn’t want to “show off” yet and felt his time had not yet come, yet he obeyed his mother’s wishes to provide enough wine for celebrating.

He gives us the BEST: As the master points out to the bridegroom, “This stuff is the best!” Yes, Jesus provided not only plenty of good wine to continue the feast, but of course provided the BEST wine that was likely ever tasted. Jesus wants to give us the best in life and provide us with things accordingly. He is never cheap and he is always right on time!

 

“The Third Day”: In the group, it was pointed out that this took place on the “third day”. The first day Jesus had been baptized and the second day He had began calling his disciples. In true symbolic form of something monumental happening on the 3rd day, He comes through again blowing our minds by showing off how He works in mysterious ways.

“Dear Woman”: We discussed how Jesus may have used this phrasing to somewhat separate himself from his mother. Once he started doing miracles He likely wasn’t going to stop. It was “his time” so to speak when He could work into displaying signs of being the Messiah. In our group, it was also pointed out Jesus uttered these same words to his mother in their final exchange here on earth. Shortly before his death on the cross, Jesus was able to speak to his mother and coined the same phrasing.

There were some other great points we mentioned, but these were the four that stuck out the most to me.

Join us this coming Sunday, January 15th as we learn more about one of the biggest miracles ever performed – Feeding the 5000! Now that’s A LOT of people!

HOMEWORK: Everyone drew a name for a person! Have you stopped and prayed for them this week? Sent a note? Wrote and email? Reach out and let them know you have been thinking about them in encouragement to help us sharpen our sense of family with one another.

Be Blessed!

 

 

New Year, New Series! Coming up…

Last night we witnessed the end of the year 2016 and rang in the new year of 2017! I can’t believe how fast time goes and how the years pass so quickly. Just two days before Christmas our pastor suffered a heart attack, but God granted grace to him and he lived through it and underwent some surgery. God also extended grace to his family as well as our church family by sparing him so we can selfishly keep him around a little bit longer. Praise God for Pastor Brian! Please continue to pray for him to be healed fully and wholly in Jesus’ name!

It’s been refreshing to have this down time of holiday breaks, but we are looking forward to returning back to the Sunday School hour in just one week. This year will conclude with three different series including spiritual gifts and learning about some trailblazers in Christian History.

However, I am thrilled to share a glimpse of what we will be studying in the month of January in TELOS. Make sure to join us starting next Sunday, January 8th following the service to attend our next 4-week long series called, “He did WHAT?”

Here’s a glimpse at what’s coming up next…

 

Looking forward to this series! May you be blessed and continue to grow in your walk with the Lord in this upcoming year. See you soon!