When Jesus Meets Your Need


We have been in this passage for several days now. Verse five tells us that Jesus saw the crowd and saw their need. He saw their physical need, hunger, and their spiritual need, salvation. When Jesus saw their need, He took action. In one single act, Jesus could attend to both the physical and spiritual needs. When Jesus Meets Your Need, He accounts for multiple needs, but the spiritual is always His ultimate goal.

John 6

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?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “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.

When Jesus Meets Your Need, you will be full or satisfied. The people ate as much as they wanted. That’s how they were full. That was a physical filling. While the people were cognizant that Jesus was a prophet who had come into the world, they were not aware that He was God incarnate who desired for them to know Him, to know God which is spiritual. They, like most of us, focus on the physical need as they are more obvious to us.

When Jesus Meets Your Need, He desires for us to honor God for the work to supply your need.  “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.” They had a plan to make Jesus King, but that was not how God nor Jesus had planned to exhibit His reign. That’s why He withdrew from them. When Jesus Meets Your Need, He wants to reign in our hearts and minds.

I know that God has met both physical and spiritual needs in your life, but the question is have you responded to Jesus by making Him King of your heart and mind. If you have not, you are not full spiritually. When we are full, we are fulfilled. Are you fulfilled?

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