Posted by: Barbara Wilbur for ElysJoy Church | January 7, 2014

I am the bread of life – John 6:35

I am the bread of life John 6:35

One of my favorite stories in all of scripture is the feeding of the 5000.  It is included in all four of the gospels and really shows us a picture of the true Jesus.

When studying anything in the Bible, we must be sure to understand the context of the store, or the details around it.  What was happening right before and right after for example.  In this case, the context here is so important.

It starts by letting us know that Jesus is worn out.  He is grieving over his ministry partner and cousin, John the Baptist and has been walking the country sharing the good news and is just plain tired.   Mathew 14:13 tells us that Jesus was heading off to be alone in a private boat.   He just needed a minute.   “When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place.”  Mathew 14:13.   But of course Jesus always puts others first, even though sad, and hurt and tired.   Jesus was fully human besides being fully God yet he hung in there and put others first.   Why?  Because he felt compassion on them!  They were chasing him, pushing in to hear him, wanting their healing or miracle and Jesus in his unfailing love, decides to give them what they need.   “Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.”  Mathew 14:14

How do we apply this principle today?  When someone needs something from us but we are tired or stressed or busy?   It’s not easy, but we can ask God through our savior Jesus, to give us the compassion he felt for all those people, most of who would not become followers.   Most of whom, got their miracle or healing then went back to their regular lives.   Ask today for Jesus to break your heart for what breaks his.  And in your hectic stressful world, when opportunity to help with a small word or deed arises, just remember that day of grief when Jesus gave sinners just like us a meal.

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