Bigger That Our Needs
Do you like
to go to McDonalds? I like their
nuggets. With ranch sauce.
pretend we’re at McDonalds and I say, "Order anything you want." What
would it be?
I would like
McNuggets, ranch sauce, fries and a
medium diet coke.
Did you know that there are over 30,000 McDonald's restaurants in over 120
countries? Did you know that McDonald's uses over three million pounds of
potatoes a day? That's a lot of fries! Did you know that McDonald's serves over
45 million people each day!
When I was
your size, we would have a lot of company
on Sunday afternoons. Mama would cook a
big meal. My Mama would cook fried
chicken, a huge bowl of mashed potatoes,
green beans, turnip greens, corn and cornbread. My Mama could sure cook cornbread. Every Sunday, Mama would fix banana pudding.
There was a
problem with all that company. The
adults would eat first. Only when
they were finished did we kids get to
eat. Do you think
there was a chicken leg left? No! What about a
thigh? Somebody already had gotten it. We managed
to get enough to eat, but the real feast was already eaten.
Feeds the Five Thousand
Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary
place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. Jesus had crossed the sea by boat. He wanted to go
someplace to be alone. He probably
wanted to rest and to pray.
When He got to the other side, there were people waiting on him. There were thousands of people waiting on
him. They came with a lot of
problems. They brought people who were
sick. Jesus healed them.
Wouldn’t you love to see Jesus heal somebody? I’ve seen it happen and it is amazing. When they saw what Jesus did and heard His words, their hearts and lives were touched.
It began to get late and
the crowds were still there, but now
there was a big problem. These people
got hungry. Jesus’ friends, the disciples said, "It’s late, send them home."
Jesus said, They don’t need
to go, you feed them!
Can you imagine having thousands of people there and Jesus said, "You feed them!"
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
If God tells you to do something, maybe you need to see what you have to work with.
here only five loaves of bread
and two fish,” they answered to Jesus.
These loaves of bread were small loaves. If we had loaves of bread like we get at the
store, how many sandwiches could we make?
(Make Jelly sandwiches.) Could we make 1000 sandwiches from this loaf?
What do we do when Jesus tells us to do
something we can’t?
We give him what we have..
Jesus said, "Bring
them here to me." They gave all they had which was 5 loaves of
bread and 2 fish.
That’s not much, you might feed 3 or 4, but not a 1000!
Jesus told the people to sit down on the
grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, He
gave thanks and broke the loaves.
Then he gave them to the disciples and the
disciples gave them to the people. They were giving out 5 loaves and 2 fish. How long should that have taken? Less than a minute?
They gave out and gave
out. The more they gave out, the more
Jesus took the little they had and He fed 5000 people.
A little is a lot when God
is in it!
ate and were satisfied and then the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken
pieces that were left over. The number of those who
ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
What can we
learn from this story?
what we have. Give him our heart and
soul. He can do something amazing.
bigger than our problems.