Jesus is clear and purposeful. Jesus has questions. Do I have answers? Some interesting lessons here for me.
- Jesus loves to ask questions. The question here isn’t the real question. Jesus had no intent to buy food for everyone.
- Jesus knows the answers. The answers given weren’t on target. Jesus knows he is the Son of God. Jesus knows the power of God. Jesus knows a miracle will happen. I am challenged not to answer the question but to see what the power of God can do and what is the will of God in this circumstance.
- Jesus wants to stretch my faith. Clearly I don’t have enough faith. It needs to be stretched. I must be open to how God wants to do that today. Jesus is asking me a question. What is the “God is in control” answer?
After this, Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee (some call it Tiberias). A huge crowd followed him, attracted by the miracles they had seen him do among the sick. When he got to the other side, he climbed a hill and sat down, surrounded by his disciples. It was nearly time for the Feast of Passover, kept annually by the Jews.
When Jesus looked out and saw that a large crowd had arrived, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy bread to feed these people?” He said this to stretch Philip’s faith. He already knew what he was going to do.
Source: John 6:1-4