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…What is it about being in the midst of difficulty that makes us forget all the ways Jesus has come through for us in the past? What is it about difficulty that makes us feel so alone? Our self-sufficiency rises to the surface as if that is going to help us meet the challenge. “If it is going to be, it is up to me.”
So, Jesus is just going to expose that in John 6:1-21. Out of that, we learn that God can shatter our pint-sized expectations and small faith if we would learn to bring Him what we have, be dependent upon Him, and just get started with what’s before us, as if He will come through for us. That smacks in the face of pragmatism, realism, and self-sufficiency.
Yes, there is something about getting started, taking a next step. It’s where God is. He is the God of the frontier, that is, He is met on the edge of the unknown…in the next step. That’s the place of character and faith development. It is the place where we are forced out of our self-sufficiency, comfortable theological assents about God, and into an actual dependent, intimate relationship with God.
So, the test for us is, will we follow God into the next step? Will we be willing to look at least a little foolish at times, as we wait for the Him to show up?…And, on another note, will we be willing to be uncomfortable along the way?…
After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. 2 And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. 3 Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples.4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. 5 Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” 6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. 7 Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii[a] worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.” 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten.14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!”
15 Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles,[b] they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21 Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.
This sermon was preached at All Saints Church, Morehead City, NC on 7/29/18.
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