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LENT Week 2: JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM "He taught...He healed...He fed"

Are You Satisfied? Matthew 14:13-21 "They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over." Matthew 14:20 For the last two months, we have spent our Sundays looking into seven parables of Jesus found in Matthew 13. This morning we turn to the next chapter in Matthew--chapter 14! Before we turn to our reading this morning, I want to set the context. Chapter 13 ends with Jesus going back to his home town of Nazareth. Matthew tells us that Jesus "did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith." By this time in Jesus' ministry, opposition was building and becoming more intense. Next we learn that Herod kills John the Baptist. This Lenten and Easter season, as we journey towards Jerusalem, we are going to focus on Jesus. What we're going to find is this: Jesus taught, Jesus healed and Jesus fed. For the past nine Sundays, Jesus taught. Today we are going to take a walk around the lake and observe how Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000 men! Let us listen to God's word for us this morning. I pray that as we turn to God's Word our lives will be transformed. I pray we come to know how much our Heavenly Father loves us. I pray we come to know and believe the truths that Jesus teaches. Amen Matthew 14:13-21 13When Jesus heard what had happened (to John the Baptist), he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15As 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." 16Jesus 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. 19And 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. 20They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.i Did you know that this miracle is the only miracle recorded by all four Gospel writers? Mark and Luke use eight verses to tell the story of the feeding of the five thousand (Mark 6:33-40 and Luke 9:10-17.) In the Gospel of John, John puts this story in the context of one of Jesus' great "I AM" statements as He teaches His followers "I AM the bread of life." (John 6:1-15) This had to have been a very important miracle that changed the lives of those who were there and those who heard the amazing story from those who were there. All four of the Gospel writers found it to be a story of great worth and value and the story is told over and over and over and over...again. I can imagine the disciples sitting down at the table to break bread. "Hey --- do you remember the day at the lake when Jesus fed 5,000 men--with five loaves and few fish?" Each writer records the story differently. In his story John includes the testing of Phillip and Andrew. Jesus asks Phillip early in the day to buy some bread for the crowds that are coming out. Phillip responds by telling him that it would take up to


LENT Week 2: JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM "He taught...He healed...He fed"

eight months of wages, almost 200 denari, to feed such a large crowd. The average worker in Jesus' day earned 1 denarius a day as their daily wage. Jesus asks his disciples to go and get enough bread to feed the crowd. John also includes in his account the fact that it was a little boy's lunch that fed the crowd. A boy's lunch made up of five small barley loaves and two small fish. I encourage you this week to go home and read this miracle story in all four Gospels. Write down your thoughts and reflections; contrast and compare what's the same and what's different. (Homework already?) Last week my wife told me that I was as serious as a heart attack. "You need to tell a few jokes this week!" So, here goes. A farmer and his wife had two daughters and they operated a small sheep farm. One day a nonfarming friend asked, "How can you bear to slaughter those cute little lambs?" The farmer responded immediately and said, "We don't want to get emotionally attached to the animals we plan to eat, so we don't give them names." Not satisfied, the friend probed, "What about your kids?" "Oh, we name them!" In our reading today, we are not given any names in the dialogue with Jesus and the disciples but we are given some profound principles: 1. In our own strength, power and wisdom--we are not sufficient. 2. In Christ, we find our sufficiency. 3. In Christ's sufficiency--we are satisfied.

The definition of sufficiency: the state of being enough.

Jesus had tried to get away to be alone after he heard the news about His cousin, John the Baptist. We are told Jesus got into a boat and headed across the lake. He was headed back to the fishing village of Bethsaida and the crowds followed Him on foot around the lake. It is the time for the Passover festival and there are many travelers heading to Jerusalem. Hundreds of thousands of people! Can you imagine the scene? This certain crowd has heard about Jesus. They've heard about His miracles: the blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk, lepers are being healed and even the dead are raised. All of a sudden, they see Jesus--in a boat, alone, on His way somewhere...and the crowd follows him...around the lake! When Jesus landed at his destination, he "had compassion on them and healed their sick." The Greek word for compassion here is µ [splagchnizomai /splangkh·nid·zom·ahee/]ii meaning "moved in the inward parts of your being." This word is used 12 times in the Gospels and eight of them are used to tell how Jesus was moved in the inward parts of his being to compassion for the people. Enter into this story with me. Jesus was tired; His cousin had just been killed--beheaded. The religious leaders have been confronting Him more and more; all Jesus wants to do is get away for a few hours but the crowds keep following him. Can you picture in your mind five thousand men, plus women and children walking around the lake, many of them being carried and helped along because they are sick and lame? They want to be healed, too.


LENT Week 2: JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM "He taught...He healed...He fed"

Jesus could have turned and gone up into the mountains and gotten lost. Instead, He gathers them together. All day long He heals, listens, and teaches. The day is almost over. His disciples are worried about how to feed such a huge crowd. WE ARE NOT SUFFICIENT --- INSUFFICIENT The first point that Jesus is teaching us is: in our own power we are not, and cannot, ever be sufficient. We can never be enough for ourselves. The disciples ask Jesus to send the people away because it is late. Jesus responds, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat." Yesterday, we had our first Women's luncheon. It was truly awesome! The theme was HOPE and Boy, O, Boy did we ever hear about Holding On to God's Promises Everyday --- HOPE. If you did not have the chance to attend this year, I pray that you will be able to make it next year. Thank you to all who labored to host this event --- it was wonderful! As the week was unfolding, I read some of the e-mails that were being sent back and forth; the numbers of those attending were growing and growing. Originally, the Women's team planned for twenty, dreamed for thirty and hoped against hope for forty! They made their plans and programs, made their table coverings, party favors and enchiladas! It was exciting to watch as the numbers grew from 20 to 30...then to 40! And by midweek, God opened up the flood gates and more and more women signed up! The numbers grew to 50, then 60! Fear starting setting in. What if we don't have What if we don't have What if we don't have enough...time? What if we don't have enough... help? What if? What if? What if? Don't you find it interesting that this is the week I'm preaching on the miracle of feeding five thousand? As I watched the e-mails and listened to some of the conversations, I could see that we were a lot like the disciples. "Lord, you need to send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy something to eat." When Jesus asked the disciples to find something for the crowds to eat, I believe He was teaching them that in themselves they were insufficient. Have you ever received the dreaded NSF --- Non Sufficient Funds!? This is exactly what Jesus is teaching. Jesus said, "You give them something to eat." We really miss the meaning of this statement in the English language. In the Greek the emphasis is on the "you." It is a repeated pronoun; a double emphasis. Jesus is saying, "YOU, YOU, give them something to eat." Jesus knew the nature of the problem. Jesus knew what He was going to do, yet he asks the disciples to feed the crowd. Instead of turning to Jesus, the disciples turn and look at the crowd. Instead of turning to Jesus, they see the problems! Instead of turning to Jesus, they look at themselves! They don't have eight months of wages to feed five thousand men, plus women and children. What in the world are they going to do? "Jesus, send everyone home!"


LENT Week 2: JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM "He taught...He healed...He fed"

Listen, these are the same guys who've seen Jesus perform miracle after miracle and healing after healing. Instead of turning immediately to Christ--the healer, the teacher, the miracle man--they turn to the crisis. They try to find their sufficiency somehow in themselves. Do you ever try to find your sufficiency in yourself? Are you looking to your checkbook, your job, your education, your intelligence, your wisdom or your retirement--to be enough? What a lesson to learn! I think there are more times than we can count when we think we can do it all ourselves when the truth is that all we need is a little help or insight from Jesus to get through what we are facing. Friends, point one: Jesus is teaching us is that we are insufficient! Jesus is our sufficiency! We need to learn that JESUS is enough! CHRIST IS SUFFICIENT --- SUFFICIENT! One of the primary principles of this miracle called "the feeding of five thousand" is that "In Christ we are sufficient." Jesus is sufficient! Jesus is enough. Jesus knew that His disciples did not have sufficient food, time, or money to feed the people. Jesus knew they had no way of accomplishing such a crazy task! Jesus never expected them to feed the crowds with their own resources or in their own power! Jesus was handing them an opportunity to come to Him, to trust Him! Jesus says --- watch this. Watch what I can do with five small barley loaves and two fish. Watch what I can do with a child's lunch. You could say that this is the beginning of the real "Happy Meal" with the prize inside being Jesus! "Mc-Jesus Me!" Help me to see that by myself, I am not enough but with Jesus--He makes me enough. On November 26, 2008, a gang of terrorists stormed the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai, India. After the carnage had left 200 people dead, a reporter interviewed a guest who had been at the hotel for dinner that night. The guest described how he and his friends were eating dinner when they heard gunshots. Someone grabbed him and pulled him under the table. The assassins came striding through the restaurant, shooting at will, until everyone (or so they thought) had been killed. Miraculously, this man survived. When the interviewer asked the guest how he lived when everyone else at his table had been killed, he replied, "I suppose because I was covered in someone else's blood, and they took me for dead." In his book Has Christianity Failed You? author Ravi Zacharias uses this story to illustrate the sufficiency of Christ's death for our sin: This is the perfect metaphor of God's gift through Jesus Christ to each one of us. Because he paid the penalty for our sin--because we are covered in the blood of his sacrifice--we may have eternal life.iii What a picture of the sufficiency of Christ! We are told that Jesus takes five loaves and two fish and feeds five thousand men, plus women and children. Most scholars believe the total number of people in the crowd was somewhere around 25,000 people. Five thousand men plus the women and children! They had big families back then--6, 8, 10, 12 children! It easily could have gone from 5,000 men to 25,000 including the women and children! Just like the almost sixty women who sat right here in this room yesterday--the Women's Team was not enough within themselves but with Jesus--there was enough. There was enough space, there was enough food, and there was enough time for the entire schedule of events. Jesus is sufficient! Jesus is enough! SATISFIED


LENT Week 2: JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM "He taught...He healed...He fed"

As I studied and read this past week, the word that stopped me is found in verse 20. Listen again, "They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over." Do you see it? It is the word "satisfied." In the Greek the word comes from the root verb [chortazo /khor·tad·zo/] which means "to be filled." It would be like taking farm animals and putting them in front of a full trough--and letting them stand there and eat until they could eat no more--until they were satisfied. From five barley loaves and two fish, a crowd of 25,000 men, women and children were satisfied--because Jesus is enough. God is glorified when we are satisfied in Him. This is what the miracle is teaching. God is not glorified when we are stressed out. God is not glorified when we worry. God is not glorified when we are anxious. God is glorified when we are satisfied--when we stand at the trough and get filled until we can eat no more! Think of Thanksgiving Dinner! So What? Jesus is teaching in this miracle that He is sufficient--He is enough. Have you found that to be true in your life? Have you found Jesus to be enough for all of your needs? Do you go to Him when your life is bigger than five loaves and two fish--and that's all you have? Have you been fed by Jesus? By the Holy Spirit? By the love of God? Do you stand at the feeding trough of God's grace on a regular basis? Is Jesus enough?! Is His blood enough?! Are you satisfied?! The "so what" for us today is this: In myself, I am not enough --- NSF In Jesus, I have all I need --- Paid In Full Your homework for this week is to let Jesus be enough and to be satisfied--filled--with this knowledge. Let's pray: Jesus, supersize me; just like you did in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Teach me that You are more than enough to feed my hunger! (Song by Ronnie Freeman is played, "Satisfied"

The Seed Christian Fellowship Rancho Cucamonga, California 91730 March 21, 2011 Pastor Dave Peters

The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Strong, J. (1996). The exhaustive concordance of the Bible: (electronic ed.) (G4697). Ontario: Woodside Bible Fellowship. iii Ravi Zacharias, Has Christianity Failed You?, Zondervan, 2010, p




LENT Week 2: JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM "He taught...He healed...He fed"


Chorus 1 I'm satisfied I've been cared for so faithfully But Lord hear my plea And may it be That You're satisified with me Chorus 2 I'm satisfied I've been cared for so faithfully But Lord hear my plea And may it be That You're satisfied with me (Yeah) Verse 1 You satisfy my soul And I stand amazed At the blessings I've known And still to this day The mercies You show Make it clear to see That You love me Verse 2 And You give each breath I breathe You color the skies with beauty for me You've proven that You will provide for my needs The way You fill me Lord How could I ask for more When I'm satisfied Verse 3 And You give me grace without end And You have forever removed all my sin Now the Maker of heaven and earth Calls me friend And from the joy this brings


LENT Week 2: JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM "He taught...He healed...He fed"

Oh how my spirit sings I'm satisfied Misc 1 (BRIDGE) But Lord hear my plea And may it be That You're satisfied Are You satisfied Please say You're satisfied with me CCLI Song No. 3907250 © 2002 Rocketown Music, LLC. | Word Music, LLC | New Spring (Admin. by Word Music Group, Inc.) | (a div. of Word Music Group, Inc.) | (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.) Ronnie Freeman | Tony Wood For use solely with the SongSelect Terms of Use. All rights Reserved. CCLI License No. 3278479



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