30 The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught.31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.32 And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. 35 And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. 36 Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” 37 But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” 38 And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” 39 Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. 41 And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. 42 And they all ate and were satisfied.43 And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44 And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men. [Mark 6:30-44]
JESUS IS GOD
So in this passage, Jesus performs a miracle. Jesus and His apostles were in a desolate place with thousands of other people. After a full day of teaching, it began to get late. The people probably haven't eaten anything unless they brought food with them. As the disciples wanted to send the people away so they could go get food, Jesus said no. He wanted to feed them. With only five loaves of bread and two fish, Jesus began passing out food. Not only did everyone eat, they had twelve baskets of leftovers! Actually think about that. That's nuts. To put this into perspective, there are 5,750 freshmen this year at UGA. So imagine grabbing a plate of salmon and some bread from Bolton and feeding every single freshmen on campus with leftovers!
So what can we take away from this? I think there are a whole lot of takeaways from what Jesus did here, but two big ideas stick out to me: Jesus cares about us, and Jesus is God. The first one can be seen throughout this story, but specifically in verse 34. It reads, “When Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things.” Verse 31 tells us that Jesus and the apostles were trying to get away from the crowds to rest, but upon seeing the huge crowd, Jesus was moved with compassion and decided to serve them by teaching. Jesus gave up what He wanted for the sake of thousands of people He probably had never even met. Not only this, but Jesus made the people’s problem of hunger personal. He didn't want to just send them away, He wanted to help them. How can we model this? How can you be moved to active compassion today and this week?
The second big takeaway is Jesus’ Divinity. Jesus is God. I've never met someone who can perform miracles in their own power like Jesus. Jesus is the source of everything. He is powerful enough for any of your problems. There is not a battle He can’t win. He is God! I want to encourage you to really think about that. Take what you know of Jesus and take some time to realize that He is God. This Jesus who performs miracles wants to know you. He lived and died for you. How will you respond to God? Take some time to thank God for all that He has done.
Father, thank You for all that You have done. Thank You that You are compassionate. Show me how I can be compassionate today. Please show me Your power in my life. Remind me that You are God. Thank You. Amen.