Matthew 14:14 -21
14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”
16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself.
And his disciples came and took the body and buried it, and they went and told Jesus.
But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns.
Why are they following after Jesus?
Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
“Who do people say that I am,” Peter answered, “Some say you are John the Baptist.”
He has compassion on them. And he heals the sick among them.
His ways are not our ways, nor His thoughts our thoughts.
He calls us to see with faith, to see the unseen, to see as He sees. This is the Food for Faith.
1. Jesus does not send people away.
All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.
2. Tells the disciples to feed the people.
You give them something to eat.
We are dependent on Him.
He is the Lord.
What about us?
First, He has compassion on the people, even as He has compassion on you and me.
Then, He provides for the people, in a real and tangible way.
“He looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples.”
Gave a meal of Himself, one that gives life because it is He who is Life
Christ gives us real food for real people, now, today, in His holy supper.
Because He came to redeem us, our whole person, body and soul.
So He gives us His real body and His real blood.
We are joined to Him, Who died, rose, and lives, we will also die, rise, and live with Him.
He does not send us away. He satisfies our deepest needs. He fills us so we want no more. He is here with us, in His supper, and we are with Him.
The Lord’s Supper –
it’s real food for real people.
It is Food of Faith.