The Hand Of Jesus

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2 Corinthians 1:6–7 NLT
6 Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. 7 We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.
State: We are supposed to share the encouragement we are given with others so they will be comforted
I was shown something in scripture that really encouraged me…and I want to do the same for you
Feeding People
Matthew 14:13–21 NLT
13 As soon as Jesus heard the news, he left in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where he was headed and followed on foot from many towns. 14 Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.” 17 “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered. 18 “Bring them here,” he said. 19 Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people. 20 They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. 21 About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children!
State: This is one of the most extravagant miracles in the whole bible
The disciples saw five loaves of bread and two fish feed 5 thousand people plus women and children
Potentially over 10,000 people
Go into the Metro Centre with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish and feed them all
The disciples just witnessed an amazing miracle of provision
Everything Jesus did and said was done so to teach us something about the Father
About his personality - character - and how he felt about us- what he expects of us
What did Jesus want us to learn about the Father and about being a follower of Christ in doing this miracle?
This miracle was a set up by Jesus.
People could have gone and gotten food
He (Jesus) wanted them to learn something
His ability to provide when there was scarcity
His ability to multiply what little is available
His ability to make not enough enough (this includes us as individuals)
He can put us into and create circumstances that will teach us faith.
To show how we can be deceived into thinking there is no answer by what we see ( only a little bread and a few fish)
State: Would you doubt what Jesus says after witnessing this miracle?
Where would your faith be after this?
Scriptures answers this in the next passage...
Matthew 14:22–32 NLT
22 Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. 23 After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone. 24 Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. 25 About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” 27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” 28 Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” 29 “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. 31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” 32 When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped.
State: Jesus knew that storm was coming and he knew exactly where they were and how hard it was.
Jesus allowed this because he wanted to teach them something about God their Father and being people of faith
State: Two kinds of storms:
storms of correction, when God disciplines us;
storms of perfection, when God helps us to grow.
Jonah was in a storm because he disobeyed God and had to be corrected. (God sent the whale to rescue him)
Jonah 2:5–10 NLT
5 “I sank beneath the waves, and the waters closed over me. Seaweed wrapped itself around my head. 6 I sank down to the very roots of the mountains. I was imprisoned in the earth, whose gates lock shut forever. But you, O Lord my God, snatched me from the jaws of death! 7 As my life was slipping away, I remembered the Lord. And my earnest prayer went out to you in your holy Temple. 8 Those who worship false gods turn their backs on all God’s mercies. 9 But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise, and I will fulfill all my vows. For my salvation comes from the Lord alone.” 10 Then the Lord ordered the fish to spit Jonah out onto the beach.
God allowed Jonah to experience as close to death as you can get until finally he repented and called out to God
Jonah 3:1 NLT
1 Then the Lord spoke to Jonah a second time:
State: The disciples were in a storm because they obeyed Christ and had to be perfected.
Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 1, p. 51). Victor Books.
Job 23:10 NLT
10 “But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold.
State: What struck me was Jesus compassion and love for Peter in his weakness
Jesus said to Peter..” You have so little faith, why did you doubt me?
Peter was in the middle of a raging storm and he was sinking
He was scared enough that he “shouted” Save me! (scream with horror)
He saw the storm which was real and its scared him
What are you looking at that is scaring you and making you sink in your faith
You should find out
But why did Jesus allow it to happen
To show Peter what walking with faith can look like - by getting out of the boat
Show that Jesus will reach out and grab you when you are going down because your faith is failing
Isaiah 41:13–14 NIV
13 For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. 14 Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you,” declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
Even in this display of a lack of faith, Jesus reached out and caught Peter in his disbelief, just like he saved Jonah from his disobedience.
Isaiah talks about Jesus’s nature and purpose in coming
Isaiah 42:1–3 NIV
1 “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations. 2 He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. 3 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;
State: We serve a God of grace, mercy and gentleness
Hebrews 4:15 NLT
15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.
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