King of Losers // Jesus Feeds 5000
[Lead Pastor, Scott Moore, ECC Covington Campus]
If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it. (Matthew 10:39 NLT)
Following Jesus sometimes makes me feel uncomfortable. Jesus calls us to be compassionate and to reach out to people in need. And that is uncomfortable.
And when we watch the nightly news we see just how bad things are..and things look too broken to be fixed. And when we see poverty and injustice it just seems too big for us to make an impact.
- Some obstacles seem too big to overcome.
As soon as Jesus heard the news, he left in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where he was headed and followed on foot from many towns. Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.” (Matthew 14:13-16 NLT)
- Resources – they didn’t have enough food to feed 5000 people, but they did have something (five loves and two fish).
Some nations boast of their chariots and horses, but we boast in the name of the LORD our God. (Psalms 20:7 NLT)
- Time – we fill every second of our calendars with work, events and entertainment.
So on October 2 the wall was finished—just fifty-two days after we had begun. (Nehemiah 6:15 NLT)
- Location – they were in a remote location and felt like there was no way to meet the peoples needs from there.
Maybe you feel like you are in a spiritually remote place. You feel far from God. And you feel like you can’t possibly help someone ELSE, when you feel like YOU are the one who needs help.
BUT God is WITH US!
“His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ (Acts of the Apostles 17:27-28 NLT)
But if I do what I can, I will see what God does.
- Jesus asks us to do the impossible.
“There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” “Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.” (John 6:9-12 NLT)
Jesus has asks us to do something even more impossible than feeding 5000 people. He asks us to feed the Bread of Life to the entire world.
And if I do what I can, I will see what God does.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21 NLT)
Our God is strong. Our God is victorious. Our God is the author and perfector of our faith. Let’s believe in the One who CAN do the impossible through us!