Come. See. Teach. Preach. Heal
Jesus fed the five thousand. While many of us may be familiar with this passage in the Bible, I encourage you to open your heart and your mind. Let God speak to you and let you gain a new perspective to this miracle recorded in the Bible.
One of the most known miracles performed by Jesus is the feeding of the five thousand. It could possibly be one of the miracles recorded in the Bible where most people experienced it personally. Even though only the number of men was mentioned, there is no doubt that there were also women and children who followed Jesus. Hence the number of people who experienced the miracle first hand could easily be ten thousand or more.
Today, let us first look at the verse before Jesus fed the multitude.
Mark 6: 34 (NKJV)
And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things.
This verse is packed with gems. There are so many things we can learn from Jesus!
Firstly, Jesus came out from where He was. Some Bible translations describe Jesus stepped out and others record that Jesus went out. All of them have one common point; there was a change in position or location. The next part of the verse records that when Jesus saw the multitude, He was moved with compassion. Jesus didn’t just see with His eyes, He saw with His heart. He saw that the people were like sheep without a shepherd. Sheep are naturally very dependent on their shepherd due to their timid nature. Sheep without shepherd are often unable to eat, drink, sleep and live normally. Hence without a shepherd, the sheep would not be able to survive on their own for very long. This is because it would become an easy target for the predators. No wonder Jesus had compassion for the multitude. This is because without a shepherd, the multitude would be vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy. Last but not least, the compassion that Jesus had for the people compelled Him to teach the people and to heal the sick.
Now, let us learn from Jesus! Firstly, it is to come out and step out! For some it could be to come out from your comfort zone. For others it could be to step out of your past. While for others it is to step of the temptations and distractions. Stop for a few moments and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the areas that God is calling you to step out or come out of. Make the decision to step out. This act of obedience is the one that pleases God.
After stepping out and coming out of wherever you are, it would be to see like how Jesus saw. Look beyond the surface of things. Whenever and wherever you go, be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Let Him reveal to you new insights of things and needs of people that only Jesus can satisfy. Open up your heart and let God do a work of transformation, so that you will be able to see like how Jesus saw and that you will feel like how Jesus felt.
The corresponding action of being moved with compassion is to teach the word of God, spread the Good News of Jesus. In addition, Matthew 14: 14 records that Jesus was moved with compassion and healed the people of their sickness. Such act of teaching and healing isn’t restricted only to Jesus. In fact, Jesus has commissioned us as His disciples in Luke 9:1-2 (NKJV) to do the work like He did.
Luke 9:1-2 (NKJV)
1 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. 2 He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
Does preaching the kingdom of God, sharing the Good News and healing the sick sounds tough or impossible? If it does, let us learn from the young boy who obediently and generously offered his five loaves and two fishes. While they may seem insignificant to the eyes of men, when they were placed in the hands of Jesus, they became the food that Jesus used to perform the miracle. So, what are your five loaves and two fishes? Lift them into the hands of God today, like what the young boy did. As you do so in faith and obedience, many lives can come to know Jesus through you. When you obey, people can experience God’s healing power through you.
Let us pray.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your word today. I surrender my life to You. I step out and come out from where I am today and be ready for Your use. Open my eyes to see like how You see. Quicken my spirit, so that I may follow Your leading at all times. I uplift my five loaves and two fishes into Your hands. I pray that You will use me to preach your kingdom, to share the Good News of Jesus and to heal the sick. Thank You, Father. In Jesus mighty Name, I pray. AMEN!”