Originally posted by Pastor Wolfmueller
(71 verses, 8:12 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Jesus feeds the 5000 with five loaves and two fish, the traverses the sea on foot, and then teaches the crowds about the salvation He wins for us in His flesh.
MARK & LEARN
- 1-15, The feeding of the 5000 is the only miracle that occurs in all four Gospels. (Correct me if I’m wrong about this. I’m not counting the resurrection.) Here in the Gospel of John it is closely connected to the teaching that will comes at the end of the chapter. The people see that Jesus can feed them, and the go to make Him king, but Jesus will be crowned with thorns, not by the people’s full bellies.
- 16-21, Jesus sends His disciples across the sea to give Himself time for prayer. Jesus, it seems, was always looking for time to pray and make His requests known to God. He then walks across the sea. As soon as He reaches the boat the boat reaches the other side of the lake.
- 22-59, The crowds come for Jesus, and He teaches them that He is the bread of life. They remember the bread that Moses gave them in the wilderness, but Jesus corrects them, and teaches them to desire the true bread from heaven, His own flesh. The crowd had great difficulty believing that Jesus was God int he flesh, and most left Him and returned home, but Jesus turns to the disciples and asks if they, too, would leave Him.
- 60-71, Peter confesses the faith of the disciples and of the church, ““Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” (68-69)
- By faith we feast on the flesh and blood of Jesus, we trust that He is God in our flesh, that He is our Brother, and by His death He is our Savior and our Friend. There is no where else for sinners to go, no other refuge, no other hope, no other place to flee for comfort and hope, but the flesh of Christ. His wounds are our salvation. His death is our life.
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