What Jesus Did! 'Called to the Impossible' — Luke 9:11-14

Thursday, June 4, 2015

But the people learned where Jesus went. They followed him. Jesus welcomed them and talked with them about God's kingdom. He healed the people that were sick. Late in the afternoon, the twelve apostles came to Jesus and said, "No people live in this place. Send the people away. They need to find food and places to sleep in the farms and towns around here." But Jesus said to the apostles, "You give them something to eat." The apostles said, "We have only five loaves of bread and two fish. Do you want us to go buy food for all these people?" {There are too many!} (There were about 5,000 men there.) Jesus said to his followers, "Tell the people to sit in groups of about 50 people."
— Luke 9:11-14
Illustration of Luke 9:11-14 — "Tell the people to sit in groups of about 50 people."

Key Thought

"You feed them." Don't you wish you could have seen their expressions when Jesus told them to feed the crowd? "Impossible!" they honestly replied. Their reply was correct, of course, based on standard human limitations. This realization was exactly what Jesus wanted them to confront. He was calling them to the impossible. Yet that is precisely what Jesus did through them and their meager resources. You may be hearing that same call from the Lord in your life today. While it isn't a call to feed 5,000 people out in the middle of nowhere, it still seems impossible. It may be a call to give up some secret sin or relationship, it may be a call to persevere under painful and difficult circumstances, it may be to keep loving someone who is unloving, or a host of other seemingly impossible challenges. So the events that follow in Luke 9 are for you and me, as well as for Jesus' first disciples. Then together, we can learn that Jesus does the impossible through ordinary folks like us!

Today's Prayer

Holy God, I'm not sure why I can believe in the resurrection of Jesus yet have problems believing you can do incredible, even impossible, things through me. Father, I need the strength and courage to believe that you can do "impossible" things through me. So please, minister to my heart through the story of the feeding of the 5,000 and renew my faith that your Spirit working in me can empower me to do more than I can even imagine. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

But the people learned where Jesus went. They followed him. Jesus welcomed them and talked with them about God's kingdom. He healed the people that were sick. Late in the afternoon, the twelve apostles came to Jesus and said, "No people live in this place. Send the people away. They need to find food and places to sleep in the farms and towns around here." But Jesus said to the apostles, "You give them something to eat." The apostles said, "We have only five loaves of bread and two fish. Do you want us to go buy food for all these people?" {There are too many!} (There were about 5,000 men there.) Jesus said to his followers, "Tell the people to sit in groups of about 50 people." So the followers did this and all the people sat down. Then Jesus took the five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus looked up into the sky and thanked God for the food. Then Jesus divided the food and gave it to the followers. Jesus told the followers to give the food to the people. All the people ate and were filled. And there was much food left. Twelve baskets were filled with the pieces of food that were not eaten.

Luke 9:11-17

Related Scripture Readings

With God's power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or think of. To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21

Mary said to the angel, "How will this happen? I am still a virgin !" The angel said to Mary, "The Holy Spirit will come to you and the power of the Most High (God) will cover you. The baby will be holy. He will be called the Son of God. Also, your relative Elizabeth is pregnant. She is very old, but she is going to have a son. Everyone thought she could not have a baby, but she has been pregnant now for six months! God can do anything!" Mary said, "I am the servant girl of the Lord (God). Let this thing you have said happen to me!" Then the angel went away.

Luke 1:34-38

But when the man heard this, he was very sad. The man was very rich {and wanted to keep his money.} When Jesus saw that the man was sad, he said, "It will be very hard for rich people to enter the kingdom of God! It would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God!" When the people heard this, they said, "Then who can be saved?"

Luke 18:23-26

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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