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There is More Than Enough with Jesus

August 2, 2011

Matthew 14:15 says: “When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.'” Verse 16 gives Jesus’ response: “‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’”

Have you ever had the fear of being overwhelmed? of being completely inadequate? Imagine the disciples here! They respond in verse 17: “‘We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.’” – to feed at least 15,000 people (5,000 men PLUS women and children)!

Jesus says, “‘Bring them here to me.'”

And so the disciples bring all that they have to Jesus.

Bread – the gift – is broken, “and all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full.”

A nervous young minister, new to the Parish, told the congregation, “For my text today, I will take the words, “And they fed five men with five thousand loaves of bread and two thousand fishes.”

A member of the congregation raised his hand and said, “That`s not much of a trick. I could do that.”

The minister didn`t respond. However, the next Sunday he decided to repeat the text. This time he did it properly, “And they fed five thousand men with five loaves of bread and two fishes.” Smiling, the minister said to the man who had made the comment, “Could you do that, Mr. Perkins?”

The man replied, “I sure could.”

“How would you do it?” asked the minister.

“With all the food I had left over from last Sunday!” he said.

Well: no leftovers were present when Jesus did this! The point is that with Jesus, there is more than enough for all, the disciples included.

(from July 31 Sermon)

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