Devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2402
Joh 6:1 After this, Jesus went to the shore of the Sea of Galilee (the Tiberias).
Joh 6:2 A massive crowd was following him because they were watching the signs that he was performing by healing the sick.
Joh 6:3 Jesus went up a mountain and sat down there with his disciples.
Joh 6:4 Now the Passover, a Jewish feast, was near.
Joh 6:5 So when Jesus looked up and noticed a massive crowd coming toward him, he asked Philip, “Where will we buy bread so that these people can eat?”
Joh 6:6 He asked this to test him, because he himself knew what he was going to do.
Joh 6:7 Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread wouldn’t be enough for each of them to take a little snack.”
Joh 6:8 One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him,
Joh 6:9 “There’s a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish– but what are they for so many?”
John’s version of this story introduces the idea that Jesus and his disciples had already climbed a mountain, and were resting at the top when they saw the massive crowd coming to Jesus. It was a rather stupid thing to do to climb a mountain with no food. But the crowd was desperate to see Jesus. John mentioned this fact because he included stories that emphasized who Jesus is. Jesus knew that he could provide for this crowd. Even if a few more had thought to bring lunch that day, it still would not be enough. Jesus is always enough.
LORD, thank you for always being enough for us.