Signs and Works in John’s Gospel – John 6:1-15
M – E – A – L
Multitude –v. 2 — They were following for what they could get. They were the one that hung on.
Experiment of the evening – vs. 5-7 — Jesus knew what he planned to do, but he wanted to see how his disciples would react. Some objected, “I don’t like the idea of a test.” The gospel writer tells us Jesus knew exactly what he was planning before he asked.
Andrew Answer – vs. 8-9 — Philip answers with his seeing-is-disbelieving attitude. Andrew has his believing-is-seeing answer ready. He presents Jesus with a lad who had 5 loaves and 2 fish. He is willing to give Jesus what little there is to be had. Are you?
Loaves – vs. 11-12 All had enough and more. So often we are preoccupied with more. As a result we do not appreciate enough. The miracle was that there was enough and more than enough. Later in the chapter we find Jesus teaching his disciples to long for spiritual sustenance rather than the loaves that perish.
Exemplary Story: Uncle H. was known in town for his appetite. One of the two downtown diners in his hometown in Tennessee decided to try out an all-you-can-eat buffet. It became very popular. Then Uncle H. decided to pay the diner a visit. He enjoyed the company and began to eat. He ate, and he ate, and he ate some more. It was not long after his visit that the diner canceled the buffet. As long as Uncle H. was in town the owner knew he couldn’t run a profitable buffet. The same cannot be said of Jesus’ spiritual buffet. Those who come to Him find no lack.