Saturday, April 13, 2013

Great, greater, greatest...

Our friend Brian in the food bank in Israel
We continue our journey through the Gospel of Luke. I hope you are as curious as I am about the lessons we can learn. This time I want to stop at a familiar passage in chapter 9: the feeding of the five thousand.

When I was reading that story again, I noticed that Jesus offers His disciples a great opportunity to do something special. The disciples were worried about the large crowd of people that surrounded the Messiah. In the meantime Jesus was teaching about the Kingdom and He healed people with all kind of diseases. When evening came the disciples came to Him with their worried thinking and asked Him to send the people home. And you know what Jesus' reaction was? You give them something to eat! In other words, why ask Me to do something about it, this is your chance, test your faith, put it into practice. Do something!

Luke 9:12-13, Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.” He replied, “You give them something to eat.” They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.” Their response to Jesus' command was a clear sign of unbelief and doubt: We have limited resources Lord. You don't seriously mean that you want us to solve this problem?

Do we recognize this response? Jesus wants us to do great things, and often all we can see is obstacles and limitations. Jesus sees opportunities; we see limitations and have excuses. In the Old Testament we can find a similar story in 2 Kings 4:42-44. The man of God (Elisha) orders his servants to feed 100 people with 20 loaves of bread. They had their doubts, they found it hard to believe in the impossible: How can I set this before a hundred men?” his servant asked. But Elisha answered, “Give it to the people to eat. For this is what the Lord says: ‘They will eat and have some left over.’” Then he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.

In the Old Testament we see this great miracle performed by men, in response to God's word. In the New Testament we see an even greater miracle performed by Jesus. And what about us? What does Jesus say to the people who believe in Him? Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father (John 14:12).

What is your excuse?

PS 1: Talking about feeding the multitudes, take a peek at Brian's blog


  1. Oh yes, Marja! Why is it we automatically react from our natural senses rather than see an opportunity to operate by faith?

    You made me think today!

  2. Thanks for this reminder of Jesus' perspective: "Jesus sees opportunities; we see limitations and have excuses." Great post! God bless you Marja~

  3. Dear Marja,
    It is so good to know you through your profile on the blogger. I am also glad to know and I am inspired by your testimony of your turning point in your life when you gave your life to the Lord. I was also glad to stop by your blog "Fresh Insights on Ancient Truths" and the post on it dated 13th April 2013 "Great, Greater, Greatest". It is inspiring and thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I am also inspired by the verse under your blog " A nation with out God's guidance is a nation without with out Order" Proverbs 29:18. How true it is with our country, India I hope you have visited India too but if not my standing invitation to you and to your husband. I am in the Pastoral ministry for last 33 yrs in the great city of Mumbai, india a city with great contrast where richest of rich and the poorest of poor live. We reach out to the poorest of poor with the love of Christ to bring healing to the broken hearted and to give new life, future, purpose and hope in their lives. We also encourage young people as well as adults from the West to come on a short term missions trip to work with us. I am sure you have young and grown up childre who may take this opportunity to come on a short term missions tip to work with us. If you come we can make use of you in the Churches to share your experiences and also conduct Seminars for the leaders on the topic that will equip the body of Christ. My email id is as fallows:
    dhwankhede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar Wankhede. Looking forward to hear from you very soon.


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