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8-09-2009 Closed Captioned Sermon, Jesus IS The Prophet

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Text from the HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers. The sermon text is recorded for us in John's Gospel where we read the first 15 verses from Chapter 6. Sometime after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the miraculous signs he had performed on the sick. Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. The Jewish Passover Feast was near. When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, "WHERE SHALL WE BUY BREAD FOR THESE PEOPLE TO EAT?" He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. Philip answered him, "Eight months' wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!" Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up, "Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?" Jesus said, "HAVE THE PEOPLE SIT DOWN." There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, "GATHER THE PIECES THAT ARE LEFT OVER. LET NOTHING BE WASTED." So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. After the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, "Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world." Jesus knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself. This is the Word of our Lord. Let us pray: Glorious and Gracious God, may the words of my mouth and the meditation of each of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, our only source of hope and comfort. Amen. Pastor Dave motions for the congregation to be seated. Dear Followers of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The account that John records for us today is one of those familiar accounts one of those that we have poured over in Sunday School classes, one of those that we haven't even thought of as adults. The feeding of at least 5,000 people by Jesus, when he took the small gift ... of five barley loaves and two small fish ... and fed soooo many people that there were leftovers even that needed to be gathered. It was a tremendous showing of God's power. God's power through His Son, Jesus Christ. That miracle speaks clearly to who Jesus was. And to what He had come to do. And there were people who after that event had even wondered if He was The Prophet. The Prophet of God who had come into the world to share the message of God with God's people. To bring to them the news of God and to tell them what God wanted from them. The Prophet that the Jewish people knew was going to be someone like Moses who would be raised up from among themselves. Someone like Moses that we heard in our Old Testament lesson who came and brought the people all the commands of God. Laid them out before them and said: This is what the Lord expects of you. This is what you are to do. And the people gathered there that day responded: joyously and joyfully: This is what we WILL do. We will keep the commands of the Lord. The Prophet is the One who was to come to God's people and share with them the knowledge of God, the Word of God and the message of God. And we see that's exactly what Jesus did. For the past weeks in our sermons, we've seen the crowds that came to Jesus. We've heard of those people who flocked to Him, who followed Him in boats or walked around lakes just to spend time with Him. Because of the miracles that He was doing because of the power and the authority that He taught with, they came to hear Him, they came to understand what it was .... what message He was bringing to them. And we see that happening once again as John describes this LARGE crowd of people that ... at least FIVE THOUSAND PEOPLE ... CAME OUT to HEAR JESUS SPEAK! And Jesus looked on those people and He had compassion on them. Jesus looked on those people and He had love for them. He was concerned about them. Even concerned with their daily needs. Where were He and the disciples going to get FOOD to FEED these people? He already KNEW what He was going to do, but He came to Philip, to test him. He came to Philip and said: So where are we gonna get FOOD for all of these people? God wanted His disciples to THINK! To use their God-given common sense as to WHO was going to be the one to make the solution for the day. He comes to Philip to test him. Do you think Philip passed? We couldn't get enough money if we had months of wages to give any one of these people, each one of them ... a bite. Is that our response so often to God's tests in our life? I don't wanna be tested. God You should know that I love You. God You know I'm smart. You know I'm one of the best children You ever had. Just like Philip ... I dunno what we're gonna do. We can't do it. When standing in the presence of the Son of God ... do we even think to let the Son of God do His work! He could just as easily have turned to Jesus Christ and said: On our own we can't do this. But YOU can. Hadn't he SEEN what Christ was doing? Hadn't he witnessed those miracles? Hadn't he been there as those crowds came up? For what purpose and for what reason? Isn't it amazing how often those who are so close to Christ ... can push Him so far away. Or rely on their own sensibilities and their own minds to figure out what needs to be done. But yet Jesus has compassion on people. He has compassion on Philip. He has compassion on Andrew who points to this little kid with a few loaves of bread and some fish. Shrugging shoulders. .... Whatta we gonna do? Doesn't say: Jesus do the work. But yet Jesus had compassion not only on His disciples, but all of those thousands of people that were there and He said: Have them sit down. You who won't turn to Me, I will SHOW you what I can do. I will SHOW you my love. You have all of those people go and sit down and we're gonna start passing out food. I wonder what went through Philip's mind as Jesus kept providing bread and kept providing fish for all of those people that Philip thought they couldn't feed. Or Andrew who said: Here we got this little kid with this little offering that Jesus Himself turned into a miraculous feeding of at least five thousand people. And the people KNEW where that food came from. The people KNEW that Jesus had performed a miracle among them. They wanted Him to be king. They wanted to make Him a king by force. They wanted to come to Him and set Him up as their earthly ruler. But that's not what Jesus had come for. That wasn't the great miracle that He wanted them to see. Because the miracle that He had come to perform was the miracle of His resurrection from the dead. Having sacrificed Himself for humanity's sins and in love for them that He had given them His life. Shed the blood. That goes back to that Old Testament lesson for God's people. Yes, they wanted to do the will and the work of God but yet, they still needed to make sacrifices for their sins. They STILL needed to SHED blood. And it was the Father who SHED the Son's blood on the Cross of Calvary so that everyone's sins would be forgiven. So that everyone's sins would be washed away. And then the miracle was that Jesus Christ was raised to life! THAT was the miracle Jesus came to perform! The miracle of bringing faith in Him to people's hearts so that they would have eternal life. Not that He was JUST here to take care of their physical needs, their daily needs .... to make sure that people weren't hungry ... or thirsty, but that people were satisfied on the Word and the Will of God. He came as their Lord and Savior and He showed that to people in His compassion and by His miracles. And we remind ourselves today to TRUST in that compassion. To TRUST in those miracles. To turn to God in the times in our life when He may be testing us. Not to rely and trust in ourselves but to fall at His feet and say: God, do Your Work. Accomplish what You will. I stand here as Your child. I stand here saying I am going to follow Your commands because of the miracle that You have performed by creating faith in me. Because of the blessing of eternal life, I am going to put into practice each and every one of Your commands and live in that faith. As the Apostle Paul reminded us in our lesson from the Letter to the Ephesians: Live a life worthy of the calling you have received. We have the love and compassion of God poured out on us each and every day. We need to live in that love. We need to look at people with the compassion of Christ. Not to see a problem of thousands of people who are gathered together and the logistics of everything that is going on but to calmly say and turn to God: God, take care of this. Handle this! YOU WHO CAN DO ANYTHING, can get me through this. To TRUST Him to do His Will and ALLOW Him to do that Will. To work WITH the Holy Spirit through His strength and His power in our daily lives. To turn to God's Son as the TRUE PROPHET. Not as an earthly king but as the One who came as the King of Kings to be Lord of our eternal life. Who gives us, and satisfies our need of a Savior and comforts us with His love. Let us call on that Prophet in every day of trouble. Let us call on Him in thanks and praise for all of the blessings He has done. He IS our compassionate and loving God. Let us RESPOND in kind. Amen. Let us rise. Now may the peace of God which goes beyond all of our understanding keep your hearts and your minds and especially your lives in the one true faith unto life everlasting. Amen.

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Duration: 14 minutes and 2 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
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Posted by: hischild on Aug 14, 2009

This captioned message, based on John 6:1-15, tells us the Way to have peace in our daily lives. To contact Pastor Dave, go to: www.ziontorrance.info

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