After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.” When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself. When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going. (John 6:1-21, NRSV)
The feeding of the 5000, and Jesus walking on water…
2 stories not related, yet smacked together for us here this morning, or maybe they are related.
Jesus in the first story asked Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” It was a test.
When has Jesus asked you to do something in your mind you knew was impossible.
I mean that is how Philip responded right? “Jesus what you are asking for is impossible!” We don’t have the resources to feed this many people.
And then Jesus showed him, and the other disciples, well, what do we have, 2 small fish and 5 small loaves. Probably just enough for this little boy to have lunch, and nothing more, but Jesus can take this little bit and turn it into something much greater!
Because you see Jesus in the walking on water story shows who He really is.
Jesus says, “It is I, do not be afraid.” Or at least the is what our translation says.
But Jesus says something more powerful that put the disciples in their place.
The actual Greek text is: “ἐγώ εἰμι· μὴ φοβεῖσθε.” The translation of this is, “I am, do not fear!”
Jesus claimed the name of God from Exodus. The disciples would have heard this and known the name of God. I am. Jesus said “I am.”
You see Jesus is Good News, and we are the receivers of that.
He is God and is in control, not only of 2 fish and five loaves, but of our lives and the wind and the rain, and all the elements of the world!
Jesus is Good News and brings it to us every day, and empowers us to bring that to the world!
So the next time Jesus asks you to do something that is impossible, just remember Jesus is Good News! And He will always be with you!