Friday, July 16, 2010

Feeding the Five Thousand Part 2 (Jn. 6:10-15)

This is my personal summary of the preaching of Rev Dr Stephen Tong on 11 July 2010 in True Way Presbyterian Church. It was preached in Chinese with English translation.

Passage: John 6:10-15

Phillip represents people like us who are without faith. Often our prayers are expression of our anxiety and it shows our lack of faith. Phillip failed. Andrew failed in that he did not think that the child’s offerings would make a difference.

When Jesus acted, God’s providence came. The food get distributed and is more than enough to feed everyone. After everyone had their fill, Jesus asked to pick all the leftovers. He taught an important principle that even in abundance, nothing should be wasted (Jn. 6:12).

In this miracle, once again we see God’s creative power. Jesus demonstrated His power as the Creator who turned energy into matter. God create the world perfectly but as fallen sinners we destroy the world with our scientific advancement. God brings life but sinners kill and destroy.

After being fed, the crowd wanted to crown Jesus as king. Here religion turned into politics. They forgot the important lesson of the miracle, i.e. Jesus is God the Creator. They only cared about one thing, that is, if Jesus became king, all poverty would be solved. They wanted Him to be king not because they love Him, but because their stomach is full.

Jesus’ response was to leave them and and He went up to the mountain by Himself to pray. He came not become king by people’s desire but to die on the cross for our sin. Many leaders would falter under such temptation to gain power. But Jesus withdrew while He could be king. Instead He went to the cross. He is our example.


At 10:38 AM, Blogger wondermatic said...

hi meiliana thank you so much for the written sermons of dr Tong. I am university student in the UK and i will be leading bible study on john 6. your notes have really inspired me and at the same time helping me to understand the heart of John and Jesus better. Thank God for the technology that we could use it to glorify His name. God bless


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