John Chapter 6
1After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias. 2And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. 3And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. 4And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was near.
5When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great multitude coming toward him, he said to Philip, Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat? 6But He said this to test him:for He Himself knew what He would do. 7Philip answered Him, “Two hundred penny 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, saith unto him, 9There is a lad here, who has five barley loaves, and two small fishes:but what are they among so many? 10And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. 12When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. 13Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. 14Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.
Also Matthew 14:13-21
13When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself. But when the multitudes heard it, they followed Him on foot from the cities. 14And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. 15When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.”
16But Jesus said to them, “ They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.”
18He said, “ Bring them here to Me.” 19Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. 20So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. 21Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children
What is a multitude?
What kinds of people were in the multitude?
When Jesus decided to feed the people did he feed everyone?
Did he say, “I’ll feed him, and him, and her…but not him because that guy isn’t very handsome.”
Did he say, “That woman has weird hair, we’re not feeding her.”
How about, “That boy is spoiled, I’m not giving him anything to eat.”
Did Jesus say any of those things?
Acts 10:34-35 tells us:
34Then Peter opened his mouth and said:“In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality 35But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.
What does this mean?
Jesus doesn’t have favorites. Jesus doesn’t point out the pretty people, or the nice people, or the smart people and only do good things for them. No where in the Bible does it say “Blessed are the beautiful” or “Blessed are the smart” or “Blessed are the fastest runners, best basketball players, most athletic.” What Jesus really cares about it what you do for Him.
Do you read your Bible daily? Do you pray daily? Do you do your best to live every day in a way that would make Jesus smile? If you met Jesus tomorrow, would he be disappointed in anything you did or said today?
Matthew 22:34-40 tells us:
34But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
37Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. ’ 38This is the first and great commandment. 39And the second is like it:‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. ’ 40On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Jesus commands us…not suggests to us, or thinks it would be a good idea if we, or supposes we should…. He commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves.
Who is our neighbor?
Your neighbor is the person sitting beside you, or living in the house next door, or standing in line in front of you at Wal-mart. Every person in this world is our neighbor, and we are commanded by Jesus to love them all.