Five Loaves and Two Fish

Posted by admin on 19 May 2019 in John, Luke, Mark, Matthew, The Book of Gospel |

Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, and John 6:1-13

The title of message today is “Five loaves and two fish”. This is what Jesus fed 5000 people with. When you live in the world where people are competing for good things, only this miracle may give you the true hope – God can give unlimited goodies. Your mind may be influenced by negativity before this study, but after this study, your mind may be filled with positivity and bright hope.

This event was written in all 4 books of Gospel: Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, and John 6:1-13. Only 10 events are written in all 4 books of Gospel. Five loaves and two fish is one the those 10 events. So, we can know how important and special this event is amongst all events!!

This “Five Loaves and Two Fish” miracle is still happening now-a-days all over the world. There are many people who experienced this miracle and are testifying it. For an example, some restaurateurs closed their usual restaurant businesses but started “Five Loaves and Two Fish” free restaurants. And they can keep on providing free food continuously year by year. But this miracle does not have to be food only. This miracle can happen to education, job, accommodation or any other.

Let’s study the details of the miracle to learn how this can be applied to your life.

As shown in Mark 6:5b-13 and Luke 9:1-9, Jesus had sent his 12 disciples out for mission before this miracle took place.

See Mark 6:12, 13.

12 They went out and preached that people should repent. 13 They drove out many demons and anointed with oil many people who were ill and healed them.

After mission trip, they had mission conference to report what they have done and taught (Mark 6:30, Luke 9:10). Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat (Mark 6:31a), Jesus said to them in Mark 6:31,

‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’

It says they didn’t have a chance to eat. You know sometimes you don’t have even time to eat. Then you know how busy the disciples were during the mission trip. Jesus knew they had been exhausted and so took them for rest.

We also need rest like today Sunday after hard works of the week. And this is one of the reasons why we go to camping during the Easter. Let us work hard until then and take some clean break during the Easter. I pray in Jesus name that God may help us to make some clean break possible during the Easter so that we may have rest. Amen.

So, they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place (Mark 6:32). But many who saw them leaving recognised them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them (Mark 6:33).

Probably there might be still a lot of people wishing for healing from their diseases and looking for Jesus. Probably some might simply want to see Him and listen to Him. Jesus and His disciples were so popular and on demand, and so they couldn’t get away with the crowd even during their holiday!

When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So (Mark 6:34a) He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing. (Luke 9:11b)

Jesus didn’t feel annoyed. Instead Jesus taught them and healed them. This is what we have to do even when sheep interrupt our holiday.

They had parents, brothers and sisters. But they didn’t have a shepherd who understand their problems and guide them. They were like sheep without a shepherd. Sheep need a shepherd. Sheep  are mild animal. But they are short-sighted, stubborn, easy to fall down, hard to get up by themselves, and vulnerable to predators.  Without a shepherd, their lives are under threats. We are like sheep before God. We can’t even foresee a few hours in future. But God knows all. We need God’s help. It is important to ask God, rely on God and wait for God. Jesus is a good shepherd who cares about us. He wants to give what is best for us. He loved us till the end even at the cost of His life.

Life is not only parents and children, brothers and sisters, or husband and wife relationship. There is shepherd and sheep relationship. If you are not a Christian yet, I pray you may be guided to good Shepherd, Jesus. If you are a Christian, I pray that you may take care of sheep as Jesus did. And bring them to Jesus. Your friends, classmates, relatives or family members may be your sheep for you to take care of. Our club name ‘Come & See’ indicates our emphasis to invite our sheep to Jesus. So, it is encouraged to bring your friend with you.

As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, (Matthew 14:15a)

‘This is a remote place, and it’s already very late. Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.’ (Mark 6:35b, 36)

It was time to go home. But it seemed Jesus wouldn’t stop helping them. So, the disciples asked Jesus to send them away. What was the response of Jesus? See Matthew 14:16.

Jesus replied, ‘They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.'

Here we learn that the disciples of Jesus should not only teach and heal them but also feed them in a situation like this.

What was response of the disciples?

Philip answered him, ‘It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite! (John 6:7) Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?’ (Mark 6:37d)

This new challenge to feed the crowd required a lot of money to buy food. Philip estimated the minimum cost of “half a year’s wages”.

Jesus asked in Mark 6:38,

‘How many loaves do you have? Go and see.’

What Jesus said rapidly changed their focus from “buy what they don’t have” to “find what they have”!

At this, another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, (John 6:8)

‘Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?’ (John 6:9)

They went and found food, but it was with a boy, probably just enough for the boy – five small barley loaves and two small fish. It was clearly not enough as Andrew said, “how far will they go among so many?” Food is consumed and as consumed, food is run out. And some would be filled but most would starve. This is limitation. This is how life works. This is scientifically correct. This is mathematically correct. There is no exception and no better way. In real life, there are not enough jobs. So, some got jobs, and others are unemployed. People compete. Some win but others lose. This world looks promising. But it produces a lot of helpless people. But Jesus is the Game Changer.

How does Jesus solve this problem? See Luke 9:14.

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Make them sit down in groups of about fifty each.'

As always, Jesus first requested them to set the environment for the miracle. Luke 9:15 says that

The disciples did so, and everyone sat down.

It is important that we believe Jesus and obey His command even when we don’t understand. Because He is going to perform His miracle after our obedience is completed. Imagine what would happen if they disobeyed☹. Obey His command and He is going to perform His miracle that will change the game in your life!

Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples (Luke 9:16a)

We shouldn’t look at the large crowd and despair. We shouldn’t look at how few we have. Instead, we should look up to heaven where the almighty God is listening to your prayer done in the name of Jesus.

And as Jesus gave thanks to God, we should thank God for “what we have”, “opportunity to feed the crowd”, and “what God is going to do by miracle”.

They distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted (John 6:11b). They all ate and were satisfied (Luke 9:17a),

The result was what we never saw in life. Even with the extremely limited resource and despite of extremely high demand, they could receive as much as they wanted, and they all were satisfied.

The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand according to Mark 6:44 and Luke 9:14. Matthew 14:21 says this number did not include women and children.

Finally, Jesus asked them to gather the pieces that were left over and let nothing be wasted (John 6:12).

So, they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. (John 6:13)

This shows that this miracle provided them sufficiently so as to be left over. This shows God provides more than enough rather than just enough. This shows God’s method. This shows God’s abundance. Also, we can learn how we should do the mission from God, sufficiently & to be left over!

Today, we learnt we should bring our small things to Jesus, thank God and they can be used for multitudes sufficiently & to be left over!

Who are sheep without a shepherd?

What 5 loaves and 2 fish do you have?

Jesus commands you, “You give them something to eat!”

Bring 5 loaves and 2 fish to Jesus.

Simply obey to set the environment for the miracle.

And, distribute 5 loaves and 2 fish to the crowd.

Gather what are left.

Give glory to God.

Amen.

5 Loaves and 2 Fish VR Game draft v2

Posted by admin on 15 March 2019 in Uncategorized |

This VR draft v2 includes all dialogues and narrations in our animation @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1i9mO_0JaFY

Game components could be added to
- crossing the water by boat to the solitary place
- searching for food to find a boy with 5 loaves and 2 fish
- letting people sit down in groups of 50 each
- distribution of 5 loaves and 2 fish
- collection of broken pieces

5 loaves and 2 fish VR (Virtual Reality) game draft (v1)

Posted by admin on 6 March 2019 in Uncategorized |

Five Loaves and Two Fish

Posted by admin on 26 February 2019 in Uncategorized |

We created a storyboard in Friday meeting during O-Week 2019, recorded dialog last Sunday meeting, and narration this Sunday. As a result, we completed "Five Loaves and Two Fish" animation film in 10 days.

Our Virtual Reality Game “The Armour of God” has been upgraded! Available to play during O-Week 2019 in our stall!!

Posted by admin on 28 January 2019 in Uncategorized |

Come & See Club upgraded our Virtual Reality Game "The Armour of God". This VR game will be presented in our stall during O-Week 2019 in UNSW.

This game is a biblical virtual reality game based on Ephesians 6:10–17. In the game the player collects 6 items of the armour of God (belt, breastplate, footware, shield, helmet, and sword) led by a human character. You may follow the human character to know what item and where to pick up and where to drop off the item. The human character also explains about meanings of some of items of the armour of God.

The Armour of God 27_01_2019 5_00_21 PM The Armour of God 27_01_2019 4_57_39 PM

Behind all of one’s evil deeds stands one’s disbelief in Christ and the rejection of Christ’s light or revelation.

Posted by admin on 18 November 2018 in John |

John 3:17 - 21

17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

After John 3:1-16, Jesus continued to explain to Nicodemus in John 3:17-21.

See v17.

17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

By the Son’s incarnation, death and resurrection, Jesus can save the world if it believes, but that means that part of the world may and will reject the Son’s accomplishments and thus will be condemned. [2]

 

See v18.

18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

 

The idea expressed here is that the one who chooses to disbelieve Jesus has already been judged and received the sentence of condemnation. Jesus thus divided humanity into two groups when he came (or was sent) into the world in accord with their response to him; those who are being saved and those who have been condemned. This probably is John’s way of confronting unbelievers with the harsh realities that face them—not only will they be condemned, they already have been condemned. [2]

 

There is in John a present and a future condemnation, as well as a present and a future element or aspect of salvation. [2]

 

See v19.

19 This is the verdict: light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.

 

Verse 19 states the cause or grounds of judgment: the light has come into the world—this light is Jesus (John 8:12) and the light came at his incarnation—but many persons have loved darkness instead of light. One’s faith produces one’s personal actions. What one believes, one becomes and does. [2]

 

See v20.

20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.

 

Those who practice evil works love darkness, under the cover of which their evil deeds are done; they, therefore, reject the light because they do not wish their evil deeds to be exposed, Behind all of one’s evil deeds stands one’s disbelief in Christ and the rejection of Christ’s light or revelation. The unbeliever stays as far from Christ as he/she can, because Christ’s standards of truth, by contrast, will brand the unbeliever’s deeds for what they are. [2]

 

See v21.

21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

On the other hand, the one who lives by the truth comes readily to the light. “To do the truth” or “to live by the truth” reproduces the Old Testament’s אמת עשׂה (’emeth ‘asah) which originally meant “to demonstrate one’s faithfulness,” and then came to mean “to act faithfully” or “to act uprightly.” Notice the close connection between doing and being: one’s deeds spring from what one believes. This is expressed by Jesus in slightly different language, though the concepts are the same, in Matt 12:34, “Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” [2]

 

Finally, I share a great illustration of John 3:16 I found in [3]:

God The greatest Lover
so loved The greatest degree
the world The greatest company
that he gave The greatest act
his one and only Son The greatest gift
that whoever The greatest opportunity
believes The greatest simplicity
in him The greatest attraction
shall not perish The greatest promise
but The greatest difference
have The greatest certainty
eternal life The greatest possession

 

References

[1] The Holy Bible: New International Version (Anglicised Edition, 2011). (2011). (Revised and updated edition., Jn 3:16–21). London: Hodder & Stoughton.

[2] Bryant, B. H., & Krause, M. S. (1998). John (Jn 3:17–21). Joplin, MO: College Press Pub. Co.

[3] Hughes, R. K. (1999). John: that you may believe (p. 86). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Being born again

Posted by admin on 29 October 2018 in John |

If you are a student in a university, this message should interest you.

People can be spiritually totally ignorant even if they may be fully educated!

How to be spiritually reborn? Why is it so important?

This message is based on John 3:1-16, which includes 'key verse' of the entire bible - John 3:16.

Jesus taught 'being born again' to Nicodemus who was a religious leader & a political leader in Israel.

Nicodemus was similar to people in universities who are (future) leaders in the society.

John 3:1-16 (NIV) was read out in the following video:

How to recover the lost paradise and eternal life

Posted by admin on 21 October 2018 in Deception & Delusion, Good News |

This is my first short message to share the Gospel. Ever since I became a Christian, I always had a desire for creating & sharing short Gospel messages. But I had always written medium or long Gospel messages only. I may explore this new style of messages more in future.

Message on the book of Genesis chapter one

Posted by admin on 30 September 2018 in Bible Conference, Genesis |

Genesis is the first book of the Holy Bible, called the Book of the Beginnings and also the Gate of the Holy Bible. What does the first chapter of Genesis teach us?

[References]
[1] The Holy Bible: New International Version (Anglicised Edition, 2011). (2011). (Revised and updated edition.). London: Hodder & Stoughton.

The following references were found in articles in https://bible.org but they are no longer there.

[2] Krell, Keith R. The Creative Genius (Genesis 1:1-2). https://bible.org/book/exort/html/4458
(If created, God owns, We have purpose, we depend on God, God has control)

[3] Krell, Keith R. The Glory Days (Genesis 1:1-25). https://bible.org/book/exort/html/4465
(God saw "it was good" after creation. Then we should be thankful, delight in His creation, we have responsibility to care and maintain)

[4] Krell, Keith. The Crown and Climax of Creation (Genesis 1:26-:2:3). https://bible.org/book/exort/html/4466
(We are created in God's image. Then we are intended to have relationship with God, Our personality & commiunication show the image, we need to be in community with others.)

 

Jesus, new born Savior, 40 days after His birth

Posted by admin on 22 September 2018 in Christmas, Luke |

Slides: https://comnc.org/slides/MsgOn40DayOldBabyJesus.pdf

Bible verses quoted in the video

Luke 2:22 – 38

22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord’,) 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: ‘a pair of doves or two young pigeons’.

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

29 ‘Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,

you may now dismiss your servant in peace.

30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,

31     which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:

32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,

and the glory of your people Israel.’

33 The child’s father and mother marvelled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: ‘This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.’

36 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped night and day, fasting and praying. 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

 

1 John 1:9

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Romans 10:9 – 10

9 If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Isaiah 53:5

But he was pierced for our transgressions,

he was crushed for our iniquities;

the punishment that brought us peace was on him,

and by his wounds we are healed.

 

 

References

[1] The Holy Bible: New International Version (Anglicised Edition, 2011). (2011). (Revised and updated edition.). London: Hodder & Stoughton.

[2] Lenski, R. C. H. (1961). The Interpretation of St. Luke’s Gospel (p. 158). Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Publishing House.

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