1 After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. 2 Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. 3And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples. 4 Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. 5Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?”6But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do. –“Whenever Jesus asks a question he is putting your Faith to the test to see if you are willing to pursue the answer by Faith.”
7Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.” 8One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, 9“There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” 10Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. –“The 5000 was just the men, if we include the wives and children there would have been about 15-20,ooo people.”
“FAITH STAGE 1” (6:12) – We can see the Faith of the Child.
6But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
– Hebrews 11:6 (6:55)
Faith is absolutely essential to know God, to love God and to be able to serve God.
(9:23)11And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. 12So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.”13Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelvebaskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. 14Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”
Jesus Walks on the Sea (12:30)
15Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.
(15:12)16Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, 17got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was already dark, and Jesus had not come to them. 18Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing. 19So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid. 20But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”21Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going. –“This is where Jesus leaves the crown behind because they are not functioning by faith, they have the wrong motives and following their own logic. They are moving in the wrong direction and Jesus isn’t going to allow them to impose their will upon him.”
Jesus Teaches the Crowd (The Bread from Heaven) (16:35)
22On the following day, when the people who were standing on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except that one which His disciples had entered, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with His disciples, but His disciples had gone away alone— 23however, other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks— 24when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they also got into boats and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. –“”
The Crown Seeks Jesus for all the wrong reasons in John 6:22-40 (17:05)
(17:18) – They wanted psychical satisfaction with more food, in John 6:27-33 John 6:35-40, Jesus offers spiritual satisfaction by declaring the as the “Bread of Life”.
Rejected by His Own (17:35)
41The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.”
14Do all things without complaining (murmuring) and disputing, 15that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
16holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.
– Philippians 2:14-16 (19:26)
(20:30) – They respond by quarreling. John 6:52-59
52The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?”
(21:01) – The final response is Departing the Lord. John 6:60-71
(21:16) 68But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
THINGS TO NOTICE:
1. Because of simple faith the boy saw his lunch in the hands of the Lord as being able to feed the multitudes. (21:51) 2. A misplaced faith. (23:24)