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Matthew 14:13-21

Read Matthew 14:13-21

Here are three things this miracle demonstrates about the identity of Jesus:


1) Jesus is our compassionate creator

The Bible teaches that all of Creation was made through him.

John 1:3 says this about Jesus: All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.

Colossians 1:16 says all things were not only made through Jesus but for Jesus. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.

The creating power that Jesus possesses as God’s Son is a power beyond our comprehension.

Theologian J.I. Packer writes the following about God’s power of creating ex nihilo ("out of nothing”): 

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). He did it by fiat, without any preexisting material; his resolve that things should exist (“Let there be …”) called them into being and formed them in order with an existence that depended on his will yet was distinct from his own. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were involved together (Gen. 1:2; Pss. 33:6, 9; 148:5; John 1:1–3; Col. 1:15–16; Heb. 1:2; 11:3). Points to note are as follows:     "The act of creation is mystery to us; there is more in it than we can understand. We cannot create by fiat, and we do not know how God could. To say that he created “out of nothing” is to confess the mystery, not explain it. In particular, we cannot conceive how dependent existence can be distinct existence, nor how angels and human beings in their dependent existence can be not robots but creatures capable of free decisions for which they are morally accountable to their Maker. Yet Scripture everywhere teaches us that this is the way it is. ...     "Knowing that God created the world around us, and ourselves as part of it, is basic to true religion. God is to be praised as Creator, by reason of the marvelous order, variety, and beauty of his works. Psalms such as Psalm 104 model this praise.” (Packer, Concise Theology 21-22).


2) Jesus is the shepherd of God’s people

The gospel according to Mark includes the detail that Jesus had the crowds, who were “like sheep without a shepherd,” sit down on the “green grass” (Mark 6:34 & 39). This reminds us of the Lord’s shepherding care of his people (Psalm 23). Jesus himself said in John 10:11, “I am the good shepherd.”

Q: Can you recall a time recently when Jesus led you in your life?


3) Jesus is the bread of life

In John 6 Jesus explained that he was not merely giving the crowds bread to sustain their bodies, but that he himself is “bread of life.” John 6:35, "Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” Again, in Matthew 4:4 Jesus quoted Deuteronomy saying, "‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Q: How are you taking in a needed healthy and daily diet of the bread of life (Jesus)? Share how you practically fill your soul with Jesus through the Bible and prayer each day.

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