One of the most well-known miracles Jesus performed was feeding the thousands of people on a hill from five loaves of bread and two fish and today we meditate on how Jesus provides and his great compassion for people.
00:14 Welcome to the lens meditation and worship series with west side church. Our hope is that this time can be a breath of fresh air. As we journey towards Easter together. Let us start today by pausing and focusing our attention on Jesus. Let us be expectant of the movement of the holy spirit in our time together today, If you are able to close your eyes, Hold your hands out in front of you in a posture of surrender, Take a deep breath in And out And another in And out. We're continuing today to keep looking at the miracles of Jesus while he was on earth. Matthew chapter 14, verse 13 through 21. When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick As evening approach. The disciples came to him and said, this is remote place, and it's already getting late, send the crowds away so they can go to villages and buy themselves some food. Jesus replied. They do not need to go away.
01:59 You give them something to eat. We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish. They answered Bring them here to me. Jesus said, and he directed the people to sit down on the grass, Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven. He gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples and the disciples gave them to the people they all ate and were satisfied. And the disciples picked up 12 basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about 5,000 men besides women and children, Jesus and his disciples found themselves at a point where they were in need of rest as to be expected. Jesus went away to a place to be alone, but the crowds followed him. His compassion for them was so great. And so deep that that took precedence over his own need in that moment. And so he healed their sick As the most basic of needs for food appears for the masses. Jesus doesn't fret as the disciples, do, They begin to worry almost as if they haven't seen over and over again, that Jesus meets means
03:40 He wouldn't let these people starve in the desert Where the disciples saw scarcity in the five loaves and two fish. Jesus saw abundance. Jesus takes the bread and looks to heaven, giving things and breaks it. This moment, foreshadows what's to come at the last supper where Jesus does the same Here. We see Jesus meet the physical need of hunger and their spiritual need. As the bread of life, We are about halfway through lent. Now, how is it going for you? How has your fast gone? It's a long time to give something up for, have you had to restart a couple of times? How have you seen Jesus meet your needs as the bread of life through your fasting? Jesus, we, again, today laid down all the things we hold onto tightly. Instead of you, we ask you to meet our needs, to fill the spaces and our hearts and souls. As we empty ourselves of the things that we thought we needed more than you. Thank you for meeting us where we're at today and loving us. So, so deeply. Amen.