Several worldviews are competing with Christmas for the affection of our hearts and minds. This message explores consumerism and materialism. Our salvation and true satisfaction is found in Christ, our Savoir. Even God uses material things to encourage, guide, and protect us, but we worship the God who gives us things. We do not worship the things.
All four Gospel writers record the miracle known the world over as, "the feeding of the 5000." As much familiarity as there is with this event in the life of Jesus, the true significance of it goes largely overlooked. This is the fourth of seven signs recorded in John's Gospel, each of which shines the spotlight on one aspect of His divine power and authority. This fourth sign was performed to prove His power to provide what only God can…and his provision goes far beyond bread for the belly. The providence of Christ attends to the whole human being. Be it physical, spiritual, mental, or emotional need, for every dimension of the human faculty, the Son of God provides. Join us on Sunday as we savor the provisions of our Savior.
Christ's Office and Work is shown in the prologue to be greater than than of Moses. He has explained God to us. He the fulfillment of all the Old Testament Shadows and Types. John sees Jesus coming towards him and he says - Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. The question that everyone asks is what did John mean by this? John as a prophet spoke better than he knew, of the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. The great privilege that we have is to know the fulfillment of these things to ourselves. We were not created to sin, but fell into it in and with Adam. God makes a covenant of grace in the garden. But how is God going to be faithful to all of His righteousness and justice? He will do so in the giving of His Son. He provided the Lamb.
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
1/ The supplier of our needs - "My God" .
2/ What he shall supply - "all your need" .
3/ The measure of supply - "according to his riches in Christ Jesus" .