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Last Sunday we discussed in John Chapter 6 the feeding of 5,000.Actually Jesus fed far more than 5,000 (more like 25,000), but the number is not as important as recognizing the impact of the miracle. He was now at the pinnacle of His ministry. The crowd had witnessed or heard of His miracles over disease, disability, demons and discouragement. Now they were ready to crown Jesus King and take-on Rome and the hypocrites controlling religion. Yet Jesus didn't come to kill instead he came to die. His second coming will be a different story!
I spoke of "5,000 and 12" last Sunday when discussing the shared expectations of the crowd and disciples toward Jesus. They wanted physical needs met but Jesus was focused on spiritual needs. So following the feeding, Jesus places the 12 in a circumstance that changes their physical and spiritual perspective. Their very lives were at stake, and so too was the ministry. For in a small wooden boat on the stormy Sea of Galilee were the preachers of the Gospel, and future the leaders of the 12 tribes of Israel.
All is lost if they do not survive. Understanding this crucial event will give you great insight to why many stopped following Jesus, but the 12 remained with him. "Lord, to whom shall we go?"
This week we will focus on a life-changing boat trip miracle for 12 disciples. Please read:
I'm looking forward to discussing this story with you! If you click this link below, it will take you to a video of the event as told by "The Bible" TV series:
What was the purpose of John's Gospel account? You can discover John's Holy Spirit directed goal by first reading John 20:30.
Essentially John stated that he wished to bring readers to faith/belief that Jesus was the Christ and the Son of God. But what is faith and belief? It is more than an intellectual acceptance of the historic life of Jesus. Instead our faith and belief in Christ is to be transformational. We are to be transformed by the presence of Jesus our Savior and Creator in our lives and reject being controlled by the things the world values and the yearning of our appetites and shallow desires.
In the minds of many Jews and Gentiles, a carpenter from Nazareth seemed like an unlikely candidate for the role of Messiah. Then again many of our friends, family and neighbors share that same mindset today!
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