Sunday, March 08, 2015

HOW MANY LOAVES DO YOU HAVE?: SCS No. 40


Sunday, March 8, 2015, Stoney Creek Sermonette: Number 40

(This is a series of sermonettes are on The Gospel According To Mark.  We will not be to the crucifixion and resurrection in the book of Mark by April 5, 2015 so we will not be doing the resurrection story when it is being celebrated this year.)

SCRIPTURE for Today:       Mark 8:1-8 (NRSV)
8 In those days when there was again a great crowd without anything to eat, he called his disciples and said to them, 2 “I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. 3 If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way—and some of them have come from a great distance.” 4 His disciples replied, “How can one feed these people with bread here in the desert?” 5 He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven.” 6 Then he ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground; and he took the seven loaves, and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute; and they distributed them to the crowd. 7 They had also a few small fish; and after blessing them, he ordered that these too should be distributed. 8 They ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full.
SERMON for Today:
The real question here is not how many loaves do you have, but what can God do with the loaves you do have?  If Jesus had been told they had but three loaves and three little fish He would still have been able to feed the people and would have because He knew they were hungry.  He said, “I have compassion for the crowd.”  He can take whatever you have to offer to the Kingdom and multiply it just like He did the loaves and the few little fish.

The church may not have started until the Day of Pentecost when Peter preached and many were saved, but the work of building the Kingdom was the mission of the ministry of Jesus Christ.  What do I mean when I say Kingdom?  God’s Kingdom is God in action and when Jesus came to earth it was God in action on earth big time.  Christians ( the church) are suppose to be doing Kingdom work now until the return of Jesus in all His Glory.

In Chapter 7: 24-30 and Matthew 15: 21-28 we read about Jesus healing a girl of an evil spirit.  The important point not to miss is that in this Kingdom work Jesus performed this miracle for a person who was a Gentile.  The Bible says the mother of the girl “ was a Greek.” ( Mark 7:26)  Jesus opened the Kingdom to all people with this act.

Most people I know do not speak about the Kingdom of God on earth, but speak only of heaven in the future.  The Kingdom of God is at work on earth today and we should let Jesus turn our few loaves into food enough to feed thousands without regard to their race or economic status.  The Kingdom of God is open to all.

PRAYER for Today:
Father, May the Gospel story come alive in us so that we feel your Holy Spirit in the very pit of our inner beings. Help us to show Your love to the world through the lives we live.  For we know You sent Him for all peoples and He gave His all that all of us might have life forevermore if only we find Him, the one and only Way.  It is in His name we pray. Amen.

© Ed Cooper, March 8, 2015, Stoney Creek, Tennessee
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