Robert Griffith | 24 January 2024
Robert Griffith
24 January 2024


John 6:26-27  “Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, you want to be with Me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God has given Me the seal of His approval.’”In the Gospel of John, we find two remarkable stories that showcase the power and provision of Jesus Christ. These miracles not only reveal His authority over nature but also emphasize His ability to meet our every need. Let’s dive deeper into these accounts and explore the profound lessons they hold for us today.

The first miracle takes place on a hillside, where a crowd of 5,000 people have gathered to hear Jesus teach. As the day wears on, hunger sets in, and the disciples are at a loss for how to feed the hungry multitude. But then a young boy steps forward, offering his meagre lunch of five loaves of bread and two fish. In that simple act of generosity, the stage is set for a divine intervention.

Jesus takes the boy’s small offering and blesses it, multiplying it to feed the entire crowd. Everyone eats their fill, and there are even leftovers.This miracle teaches us that when we offer what little we have to Jesus, He can do extraordinary things with it. It reminds us that no matter how insignificant our resources may seem to us, God can transform them into abundance.

The second miracle occurs after Jesus dismisses the crowd and retreats to a mountain to pray. Meanwhile, the disciples embark on a boat journey across the Sea of Galilee. But as they make their way through the darkness, a fierce storm descends upon them, tossing their vessel about like a toy. Fear grips their hearts as they struggle against the raging elements.

Suddenly, they see a figure walking toward them on the water. It’s Jesus! He calms their fears with His reassuring presence and commands them not to be afraid. Peter, filled with faith, steps out of the boat and walks on the water towards Jesus. But as doubt creeps in, he begins to sink. Jesus reaches out and saves him, reminding us of His unwavering power to protect and rescue us in the storms of life.

These miracles highlight the importance of following the light that Jesus provides. Just as the boy’s small lunch and Peter’s step of faith were catalysts for miracles, our willingness to trust and obey God’s leading can usher in extraordinary breakthroughs in our lives. When darkness surrounds us, and we face trials and challenges, it is in His light that we find hope, comfort, and security.

No matter how fierce the storms may be, the darkness can never extinguish His light.  As we delve further into the Gospel of John, we encounter a crucial turning point in Jesus’ ministry. His popularity is growing, but many are questioning His identity. Jesus reveals Himself to them and speaks of the cost of discipleship. This message causes some of His followers to fall away, realizing that following Jesus requires genuine commitment and self-sacrifice.

In our own lives, it is essential to reflect on why we follow Christ. Are our motives pure and selfless, or do we seek personal gain and comfort? If our relationship with God becomes transactional, where we treat Him like a wish-fulfilling genie, we miss the transformative power of a genuine connection with the Lord.

Following Jesus means abandoning ourselves to Him entirely, seeking His will above our own desires. This is a pivotal moment to recommit our hearts to Jesus, allowing His light to expose any selfish motives or misplaced priorities within us. Let us redirect our energy towards seeking a life that pleases Him, one that prioritizes eternal value over worldly pursuits. We can trust that He will provide for our every need and never leave us or forsake us, no matter the cost.

So, take a moment to read John chapter 6 here and allow God to speak to you through His Word. Opening yourself up to His guidance and correction. Let His light illuminate the path before you, and may you find the courage to follow Him wholeheartedly, no matter what lies ahead.

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