“Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4 The Jewish Passover Festival was near.
5 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?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages[a] to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 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.
12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
14 After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.”
God provides. Jesus is God. Jesus provided for 5000 men.
5 loaves + 2 fish = food for 5000 with 12 baskets left over.
I myself have many stories of need, usually $$$, and how miraculously our needs would be filled. Are filled. My current job and the things that Mary and I have done together are miraculous. Every day miracles happen all around us.
Sometimes when miracles happen we miss something. We stop asking about Our biggest needs and our biggest problems.
Even if we get food today death will meet us on another day. When death meets us we cash in morally. We need to settle up our debts. If our debts aren’t paid up we cannot enter heaven.
How do we pay for our sin?
The form will look like this:
Have you ever said anything that was not true? Yes or no? If yes you are a liar- you cannot enter Gods kingdom
Have you ever taken possession of something that didn’t belong to you? Yes or No? If yes then you are a thief you cannot enter Gods kingdom.
Have you ever said the name of God in a way not referring to God? Yes or No? If yes you are a profaner of the name of God-you cannot enter Gods kingdom.
Have ever had sex with someone that you are not married to? (Or even thought about having sex with someone you are not married to?) Yes or No? If yes you are an adulterer-you cannot enter Gods kingdom.
The list goes on. There are 6 more. So far I’m not doing so good. Who will help me?
Jesus. Jesus has paid the price for my sin. He has paid the price for all of our sins. Do you believe that?
Seriously, do you believe that? That is the question that is now, and will be posed to all of us- it will be on the bottom of the form at heavens gate, “do you believe that Jesus died to pay for your sins? Yes or No? If yes then enter into Gods kingdom and welcome to the family of God, we’ve been waiting for you. A place has been prepared for you.”