What Jesus Did! 'Holding the Miracle in Their Hands' — Luke 9:17

Saturday, June 6, 2015

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 9:17
Illustration of Luke 9:17 — 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.

Key Thought

Our story began with Jesus telling his disciples to feed the 5,000 themselves. "Impossible!" was their reply. Yet when all is said and done, the 12 apostles picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. Each of them got to hold the miracle in their hands. Jesus didn't want a single apostle to miss the point. (He doesn't want us to miss the point either: when Jesus blesses our efforts, he can do incredible, wondrous, and miraculous things through us even if what we bring him is small.) Jesus was preparing them for what would follow in their ministry. One day soon, Jesus would not be physically present to help them, yet they would be called to do the impossible. He wants them to know that with his blessing, they can do it. And, as you're reading this, you are living testimony that they did do it. Now he wants you and me to believe the same thing. If we will offer what we have to Jesus for him to bless and use, he can do incredible and miraculous things. The issue isn't one of Jesus' power, but of our willingness to bring him what we have and who we are.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for the twelve baskets of leftovers. As I offer myself to your service, please use me to bring you glory in big or small ways. Selfishly, dear Father, I ask that occasionally you let me find a "basketful of leftovers" to remind of your powerful work. However, please help me serve you faithfully even if I never get to hold those "leftovers" in my hand. 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

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. Jesus found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." Philip was from the town of Bethsaida, the same as Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and told him, "Remember what Moses wrote in the law. Moses wrote about a man that was coming. The prophets wrote about him too. We have found him. His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph. He is from Nazareth." But Nathanael said to Philip, "Nazareth! Can anything good come from Nazareth?" Philip answered, "Come and see." Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him. Jesus said, "This man coming is truly one of God's people. There is nothing false in him." Nathanael asked, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered, "I saw you when you were under the fig tree. That was before Philip told you about me." Then Nathanael said to Jesus, "Teacher, you are the Son of God. You are the King of Israel (God's people)." Jesus said to Nathanael, "I told you that I saw you under the fig tree. That is why you believe in me. But you will see much greater things than that!" Jesus also said, "I tell you the truth. You will all see heaven open. You will see 'angels of God going up and coming down' on the Son of Man. "

John 1:43-51

Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth. If you have faith and no doubts, you will be able to do the same as I did to this tree. And you will be able to do more. You will be able to say to this mountain, 'Go, mountain, fall into the sea.' And if you have faith, it will happen.

Matthew 21:21

And you will know that God's power is very great for us who believe. That power is the same as the great strength that God used to raise Christ from death. God put Christ at his right side in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 1:19-20

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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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