John 6:12-15 – Lesson #62

The need was great! But even with such a large multitude of hungry people, “about five thousand men, besides women and children” (Matthew 14:21), Jesus demonstrated an even larger ability to provide. He took the small offering, gave thanks, and everyone received “as much as they wanted” (John 6:11).

John 6:12-15
“So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.’ Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, ‘This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.’ Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.”

This was a miracle of grandest proportions. Each person ate until “they were filled.” The abundant supply stands in wonderful contrast to the hopeless disbelief of Philip and Andrew. Jesus is never short of resources. No matter what we have to offer, He can supply every need and accomplish all He desires.

Jesus then directed the disciples to gather all that remained. He had supplied in abundance, but Jesus also taught about not being wasteful with what God supplies. Abundance is always for a purpose. With twelve baskets of extra food, the apostles were blessed with meals for their next day of travel.

When the people saw the miracle Jesus performed, they thought He was the Prophet promised by Moses; “The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst” (Deuteronomy 18:15). The people saw a miracle worker who, like Moses, could lead them out from under oppressive rule so they desired to forcefully make Jesus their king. They were planning to force Jesus to meet their needs and fulfill their desires, but Jesus perceived their heart; “He knew what was in man” (John 2:25).

If the people would have recognized Jesus as the true King they would have responded with submission and reverence. Jesus is to be honored and worshiped, not manipulated and controlled. But we make this same mistake every time we say: “I will do this, but no more. I will obey part way, with some things, but not all. I will make you king over some of my life, but the rest is mine.” When Jesus saw the unbelieving heart of the people, He quietly walked away.

There is only one acceptable way to come to Christ. We must accept Him for who He is, not create Him into someone we desire Him to be. He not just a lord, He is THE LORD. He is not just a king, He is THE KING. Regardless of what we say with our mouth, our actions reflect what we believe in our heart. Let’s examine our life and then live consistent with a true belief that He is Savior, Lord, and King.

Have a Great Day!
Steve Troxel God’s Daily Word Ministries