This past weekend at Eastbrook, I continued our preaching series, “Who Do You Say I Am?”, by looking at the well-known story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 in Matthew 14:13-23. What does this episode tell us about who Jesus is and how can we learn to live in response to Him based on the miraculous events we encounter here? There is just so much in this passage I wish I had been able to preach 3 or 4 messages just from this text.
“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” (Matthew 14:13)
Jesus’ Unsuccessful Withdrawal (Matthew 14:13)
Withdrawing from Herod Antipas and the crowds
Jesus pursued by the crowds into the wilderness
Jesus’ Heart (Matthew 14:13-14)
“He had compassion on them…” (NIV)
“His heart went out to them…”
Jesus Feeds a Great Crowd (Matthew 14:15-21)
Recognizing the needs of the crowd and limited provision
The gathering of the crowd
The miraculous provision for the crowd
Jesus’ action: take – bless – break – give
Jesus Finally Withdraws (Matthew 14:22-23)
The disciples are sent away
Jesus goes up to the mountain
Jesus the New Moses (Matthew 14:15-23)
Out in the wilderness
A huge crowd of people who are in need
Providing miraculous food
Jesus meets with God on the mountain
Making it Real
Encounter Jesus’ heart
Encounter Jesus’ provisionBe a disciple in Jesus’ hand
This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:
• Memorize Matthew 14:19
• Journal, draw, paint, or ink this story or some aspect of it as a way of reflecting on who Jesus is and how you most need to meet with Him.
• Take some time to draw away with God for a few hours or a day. Use this episode in Matthew 14 as a basis for your day alone with God. Take time in prayer and reading Scripture. Be still and rest in God. Perhaps you could use the suggestions from the Potter’s Inn as a guide here.
• Consider reading Henri Nouwen’s book Life of the Beloved, which reflects on the fourfold action of Jesus in this story (taken – blessed – broken – given) as a metaphor for the spiritual life.