John 6:1-15 & Ephesians 4:1-6
      (Week of July 30th)

Reading 1
Jn 6:1-15
Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee.
A large crowd followed him, because they saw the signs he was 
performing on the sick.
Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his 
disciples. The Jewish feast of Passover was near.
When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming 
to him,he said to Philip,“Where can we buy enough food for them 
to eat?”

He said this to test him, because he himself knew what he was going 
to do.
Philip answered him,“Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would 
not be enough for each of them to have a little.”
One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter,
said to him,

“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; 
but what good are these for so many?”

Jesus said, “Have the people recline.”
Now there was a great deal of grass in that place. So the men 
reclined, about five thousand in number.

Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to 
those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they 

When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples,
“Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.”

So they collected them, and filled twelve wicker baskets with 
fragments from the five barley loaves that had been more than 
they could eat.
When the people saw the sign he had done,they said,
“This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.”
Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off to 
make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain alone.

How can I not declare the Glory is all God's when talking about one 
of many....I mean MANY miracles that Jesus the Christ completed in 
front of a few or as in this miracle, in front of thousands of 
people. Let's reflect a moment on just how many miracles, healings, 
people raised from the dead, and exorcisms our Lord did on His short
time here on earth.

What man could ever claim blasphemously to being able to
do any miracle as our Lord did by feeding 5,000 with 5 loaves 
and 2 fish?

Here is a miracle recorded in all four Gospels, here is a
miracle witnessed by thousands, and here is a miracle showing 
us the power and glory of God, as well as the love and care He 
has for us...

This miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 gives me a wonderful 
reminder about the sense of security and strength we possess 
knowing that Jesus the Christ is the Creator of all things and 
is our Lord and Master. 
I don't want any men, women, magicians, guru's, Roman god's, idols, 
clerics,prophets, or angels, to take any devotion and faith away 
from the One and True Creator who came in a tent of flesh and 
walked among us some 2,000 years ago.

Sadly, people turn to heathen things, idols,and/or give more 
devotion to men than to the only Begotten Son of God,the 
Creator of all.
How can these other finite, imperfect, worldly ideas and idols 
compare to Jesus??
Lord I can only begin to try to understand Your dissapointment!
Lord have mercy!

I want to point out two important points in this sermon for your
reflection. One fact that is overlooked time and time again and has
wisdom and truth surrounding it, is the fact that there were 5 
loaves and 2 fish. Why 5 loaves and 2 fish? Why not 3 loaves, 
7 loaves, 10 loaves, or 20? Is it fair to dismiss the number of 
loaves and fish as a unnecessary and meaningless point? Is it fair 
to dismiss this fact due to random and uncontrollable circumstances 
as we perceive in our own lives? Or is there wisdom and truth as I 
know there is that there was a reason the boy had 5 loaves and 
2 fish.
The numbers mean something...something very important to those who 
dare to look. If Jesus is the Son of God and the Creator of all 
things, and Jesus knows your true name and knows what you do before 
you do it...then why does this world overlook the fact that the 
child had 5 loaves and 2 fish? 
I will mention these numbers when they arise out of Scripture, you 
can ask the questions...

The final point I would like to bring to your attention is verse 
16 where it says that the people exclaimed:

“This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world. 
Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off to 
make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain alone."
Who is calling Jesus, a Prophet?
Men who could not and probably would never be able to see, hear, 
or understand that Jesus was the Son of God, the Creator of all 
things, and The Messiah.

One miracle of substantial magnitude by feeding
5,000 people with 5 loaves and 2 fish and these worldly men give 
our Lord the lowly compliment to call Him just a Prophet? Blasphemy! Jesus
does not qualify as a Prophet or "The Prophet" because He exceeds 
all worldly definition! The feeding of the 5,000 is a miracle 
that had huge impact because it was performed in front of thousands 
of people, but this miracle is just one of many....MANY... miracles 
no one can ever hope or lie about doing!
Give Glory were it is due.
That is the message this week!
The Glory is with the King of Kings!

In the last part of verse 16, these people as a token of acceptance,
want to make Our Lord their earthly king? Jesus is the King of Kings,
not an earthly king of the people of Galilee, or the people of some 
Middle East land. It is another nugget of proof that Jesus was not 
and is not a Prophet, for a man of this world would surely have 
accepted the lowly "king" ship these people were willing to grant 
Him. Glory be to the Lord Jesus Christ Forever and Ever!! 
He is the KING of any and all the kings...Let the kings of this 
earth give glory to Him and let us Give Him Glory!

Let's end with the words of Paul...I don't want to comment on this 
reading, because I could not say it any better...

Reading 2

Eph 4:1-6

Brothers and sisters: I, a prisoner for the Lord,
urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,
with all humility and gentleness,
with patience,
bearing with one another through love,
striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond 
of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the 
one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God 
and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

May we awake to give Glory to the Lord!
God bless you and your families this week.
(Sermon by John H.)
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