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The Small Things
John 6:1-14

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After these things Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (or Tiberias). [2] And a great multitude was following Him, because they were seeing the signs which He was performing on those who were sick. [3] And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples. [4] Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. [5] Jesus therefore lifting up His eyes, and seeing that a great multitude was coming to Him, said to Philip, "Where are we to buy bread, that these may eat?" [6] And this He was saying to test him; for He Himself knew what He was intending to do. [7] Philip answered Him, "Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, for everyone to receive a little." [8] One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to Him, [9] "There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these for so many people?" [10] Jesus said, "Have the people sit down." Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. [11] Jesus therefore took the loaves; and having given thanks, He distributed to those who were seated; likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted. [12] And when they were filled, He said to His disciples, "Gather up the leftover fragments that nothing may be lost." [13] And so they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, which were left over by those who had eaten. [14] When therefore the people saw the sign which He had performed, they said, "This is of a truth the Prophet who is to come into the world." 

The Gospel writers recorded 35 of Jesus' miracles. Of the 35, there is only one that appears in all four gospels-this one. Why? My only explanation is that it was a favorite of all the gospel writers. I know it is one of my favorites. I bet I've preached on this miracle over 20 times, in fact, I've already preached on Mark's version during the short time I've been your pastor. I like this miracle because it is bigger than life. The task was so large, feed 5000 men and their families. Philip estimated that it would take a year's wage to feed them all. No doubt, it was so large a task it wasn't even worth trying. Usually, when I preach on this text I emphasize the greatness of our God and how His people can do great things when we submit to His will.

To some extent, I can't escape doing the same thing today. Our God is a great and mighty God! He is the creator of heaven and earth and the sustainer of life. He does great things, yes, but there is something else in this text that impresses me. To say the creator God can do great things really isn't that impressive. I mean, if he can create the world, he can certainly feed some hungry people, right? What impresses me the most is how much He does with so little.

In fact, God specializes is using little things to do great things. Why do you think that is?

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