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5 Thousand People. 3 Observations.

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Honest, candid and straightforward ideas for living a fulfilling life and reaching our potential. Hiya. I'm Matthew Royston, the husband of one, father of four, and The Bold Brit [honest, candid, Inspiring]. I grew up in Bristol, England but currently enjoy living in Utah, United States. I want to live a fulfilling life, reach my potential, and help others do the same. I have concluded that progress in our personal development, robust personal relationships, deep and abiding faith in Jesus Christ, and having a healthy body and mind are the core components of a fulfilling life. The rest of life is often insignificant, or unimportant.
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I am not sure that Christ ever performs miracles for miracles sake. When we look past the majesty and awe, we see that His miracles never are, and never were, for the purpose of entertaining or to simply ‘show off’.

As I read the many miracles found in the New Testament, I see Christ trying to teach us something more subtle, yet eternally profound.

When a man with the palsy was laid before our Savior, he pronounced that his sins were forgiven, which caused some in the crowd to scoff.

I would have loved to have been there as Christ turned to these protestors of His authority to forgive sin and said;

That ye may know that the Son of man hath power to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. And immediately he rose up…(Luke 5:24-25, KJV)

What a life altering experience for this man, but for those with attentive eyes and minds, it would have been life altering for them.

All of us have done things (Christians call them sins) that have led to guilt, shame, hopelessness, self-worth, fear, and turmoil that we somehow cannot seem to remove or work past.

And here, before their eyes, and ours still today, was a man who said he could wipe away all that suffering from sin and performed a mighty miracle to concrete that truth into the hearts of all those present.

Christ doesn’t just perform miracles, He is forever trying to teach us something, mostly about who He is.

I love the miracle recorded in the Gospel of Matthew where Christ feeds at least five thousand people with only five loaves of bread. For those less familiar with this miracle, let me briefly recap.

Thousands of people had followed Jesus into the wilderness to hear Him teach, it was late, everyone was undoubtedly hungry and his disciples were suggesting the multitude be sent away.

But Christ offered to feed them, which perplexed his disciples as they stood looking at the meager offering of five loaves and two fishes which they had with them.

But Christ blessed it, broke it, and then had the disciples give it to the people. Not only was everyone filled but afterwards the disciples collected twelve baskets full of leftovers.

I do not know how Christ is able to multiply bread. But I do know that Christ wasn’t just feeding people that day, I think he wanted them and us to learn something more profound.

So let me share three of the possible lessons Jesus was trying to teach that day.

Lesson one: There is enough Jesus for everyone.

Christ himself said he was the Bread of Life, so it is fitting that this miracle used bread to feed and to teach. But it didn’t matter that day if you were front of the crowd, or at the very back, there was enough for everyone and plenty to spare.

Christ’s love, His grace, mercy, majesty and strength never runs out. It doesn’t matter how many people are ahead of us, or how much they have already received, there is always going to be enough for us, more than we could possibly imagine or desire. There is no scarcity with Christ. I don’t know how He does it, any more than I understand how my iPhone works, but I know it works. I have often found myself amazed at the undeserving and overwhelming mercy that has been given to me, and then I look around only to see that so many others have received in such abundance too.

Lesson two: Don’t turn people away.

The disciples that day could see that the people were hungry, but their solution to the problem was to send people away from Jesus into the town to find food for themselves.

In our world we see people suffering with more than just hunger. As modern disciples, are we suggesting, like our ancient counterparts, that the people should go away and find help from secular sources, or are we saying, come unto Christ and let Him feed you first.

I am not opposed to the judicial use of medications, therapies and treatments, but as spiritual beings in a mortal tabernacle, we need first and forever the physician, who is Jesus Christ, that can heal every spiritual malady, mend broken hearts, and repair broken minds.

And as disciples, we must try to make Jesus as accessible as possible, we must strive to never get in the way or direct people away from Him.

Lesson Three: Christ can take little and make it enough.

Sometimes we feel small, insignificant and that we have very little to offer. Even if this were profusely true, Christ taught in this miracle that he can take something very little and do miraculous things with it.

I have often wondered if the bread could be a symbol for us. Sometimes Christ has to break us a little, but if we are willing, Christ can and will take us and make us so much more than we are. He can magnify and amplify us to meet the needs of so many others.

He can turn our five loaves into a mighty miracle.

As a father of four young children, I have wondered, many times, how I can ever do it, and the truth is, on my own I’m not sure I can. What I mean is that I don’t believe that left to my own raw ability I am sufficient or proficient enough to be the father four young children need. But the beauty is, that if I am willing to enlist the hep of Jesus Christ, I don’t have to attempt this journey alone.

If you liked this, please share it with someone else. This helps me to reach more people and make a bigger impact in the world. Thank You.