Beyond Miracles and on to Jesus!
I believe in miracles, but I trust in Jesus. If you believe the Bible, you know that God is a miracle-working God. And God is not limited in any degree or any respect. He is totally sovereign. Do you believe that? I hope you do. Believe in miracles, but don't put your faith in miracles. Put your faith and your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Let's look at the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand as recorded in John 6. Great multitudes were following Jesus at that time, but why? John 6:2 gives us the answer, "And a great multitude followed him, because they saw His miracles which He did on them that were diseased" (italics mine). It is because they saw His miracles. And people do that today, do they not? Now there are three things I want you to see about moving beyond miracles and on to Jesus....
There Is No Problem Too Big For Jesus To Solve
Do you have a problem today? Read John 6:1-14. There was a monumental problem that day — 5,000 hungry people and hardly a bite of food! Jesus said to Phillip, "Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?" And Phillip answered, "Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little."
Now why did Jesus ask Phillip where they were going to buy bread? Was it because Jesus was seeking advice? No, John says that Jesus knew what He was going to do. Was He trying to learn something about Phillip? No, He already knew all about Phillip. Jesus wanted Phillip to gain some insight into himself. Phillip calculated the cost of feeding the people, but He left Jesus out of the equation.
You may have a very serious problem. Take that problem and double it. Now, double it again. Now, I want to ask you a question. Is it too big for God? Of course not. He is the Lord. The first part of Genesis 18:14 says, "Is anything too hard for the LORD?" Put this down big, plain, and straight. There is no problem too big for Jesus to solve. Do you believe that? I hope you do.
There Is No Person Too Small For Jesus To Use
When Jesus solves problems, He uses people. Who was the person Jesus used in the miracle recorded in John 6? A little lad. Andrew, Simon Peter's brother found someone, "There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many" (John 6:9).
Here was a little lad and a little lunch. Meager in quantity, meager in quality, but the Lord Jesus blessed and fed the multitude with this little lad's lunch. And Jesus is blessing and feeding you and me today, two thousand years later.
Do you think this little lad went away hungry? When he gave it all to the Lord Jesus, then Jesus gave back to him. You cannot "out-give" God. Luke 6:38 says, "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."
God is not asking you to give what you don't have, He's asking you to give what you do have. God specializes in doing extraordinary things with ordinary people. You may be too big for God to use but you'll never be to small for God to use!
There Is No Hunger Too Deep For Jesus To Satisfy
After Jesus fed the five thousand, He gave the message in the miracle — to go beyond the miracle and on to Himself. Open your Bible and read John 6:22-65.
Jesus said, "The only reason you want Me is because of the bread and the fish." In John 6:27, He gives them a command, "Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for Him hath God the Father sealed."
Then said they to Him, "What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?" (John 6:28).
Jesus answered, "This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent" (John 6:29). This is what it's all about. That we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus said, "I am the bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst” (John 6:35). Here is the message in the miracle. Jesus. You should seek nothing more, you should settle for nothing less.
You need Jesus — not some creed, code, or cause. You don't go beyond Jesus. You may go deeper into Jesus, but you'll never go beyond Jesus. The table is set. Come and dine.
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