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The Power to Meet Needs      John 6:5-11, 26-31, 47-51       Oct. 20, 2013



Have you heard, “Confession is good for the soul but bad for the reputation?” Recently I had an

opportunity to help a woman with gas money. I simply arranged for her to get $30.00 worth of gas. Later I thought I never talked to her about her spiritual condition. Jesus had the spiritual fiber to never fail to share in a spiritual realm. He had The Power to Meet Needs.


1.   The Power to Meet Needs . . Helps One to See the Need. 6:5-7

       A.   Helps to See Needs and . . Focuses on Physical and Spiritual Needs. 6:5

5 Therefore, when Jesus looked up and noticed a huge crowd coming toward Him, He asked Philip, "Where

       will we buy bread so these people can eat?"  


       B.   Helps to See Needs and the . . Fundamental Spiritual Growth Happening. 6:6

       6 He asked this to test him, for He Himself knew what He was going to do.


       C.   Helps to See If . . Foundational Needs Will Get A Spiritual Concern. 6:7

7 Philip answered, "Two hundred denarii worth of bread wouldn't be enough for each of them to have a little.

       Jesus possess a built in focus on the needs of people. He immediately saw the people and realized the need for bread. Knowing what He would do He asked Philip to see where he was spiritually. When we have problems and needs we must remember the power of Jesus. Many people can be like Philip knowing what resources are on hand but no concept of what the Lord can do. The major concern here is the Lord’s power to meet needs.


2.   The Power to Meet Needs . . Harvests all Possible Help Available. 6:8-11

       A.   Harvest The . . Minuscule for the Many. 6:8-9

       8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to Him,

       9 "There's a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish — but what are they for so many?"


       B.   Harvest The . . Multitudes Left Over from the Miracle. 6:10-11

       10 Then Jesus said, "Have the people sit down." There was plenty of grass in that place, so they sat down.

       The men numbered about 5,000.

       11 Then Jesus took the loaves, and after giving thanks He distributed them to those who were seated — so

       also with the fish, as much as they wanted.

       Did the Lord need the boys fish and loaves? No! He did not. Perhaps he taught the boy a lesson and all who watched then or reads now. Anytime we help the Lord it may represent a major contribution for us and one the Lord uses but may not have required. Why has the Lord chosen to use us? In my opinion He limits Himself by using us or allowing us to be involved. He can do anything better by Himself. But what a joy we receive as we step back and say the Lord allowed me to be involved as He empowered me. .


3.    The Power to Meet Needs Causes A . . Hinge Between Food and Fellowship. 6:26-31

        A.   A Hinge Between . . Man’s Works and God’s Works. 6:26-28

       26 Jesus answered, "I assure you: You are looking for Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you

       ate the loaves and were filled.

       27 Don't work for the food that perishes but for the food that lasts for eternal life, which the Son of Man

       will give you, because God the Father has set His seal of approval on Him."

       28 "What can we do to perform the works of God?" they asked.


       B.   A Hinge Between . . Moses’s Work and Those of Jesus. 6:29-31

29 Jesus replied, "This is the work of God: that you believe in the One He has sent."

       30 "What sign then are You going to do so we may see and believe You?" they asked. "What are You going

       to perform?

       31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, just as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to


       I think we can say Jesus wanted to always make a distinction between the works of man and the works of God. Many of the people did not recognize the feeding of the 5,000 as being the miracle that it was. They failed to see the hinge between the Manna of God in the time of Moses and the feeding of the 5,000. God supplied in the Old Testament and now the Son of God is supplying the bread. The most important work we can do is to believe. It is not some kind of a so called “good work” a human might do in order to please God.



4.   The Power to Meet Needs Uses . . Heavenly Bread. 6:47-51

       A.   Heavenly Bread . . Causes Eternal Life. 6:47-49

       47 "I assure you: Anyone who believes has eternal life.

       48 I am the bread of life.

       49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.


       B.   Heavenly Bread . . Creates Eternal Life. 6:50-51

50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven so that anyone may eat of it and not die.

       51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever.

       The bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh."

       The most important point of our text centers in the words of Jesus as He says, “I am the bread of life.” This heavenly bread, “Jesus,” gives eternal life. Today I got to talk with the woman I mentioned in the introduction.

She told me she was a Christian and she might come to our church. I would like for my wife to get to talk with her also and make sure she knows Jesus as the giver of eternal life. He causes eternal life and He is the Eternal

Bread. This is why He had The Power to Meet Needs. Amen? Amen!