Master to Messiah Introduction and Day 16

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Week 4 – LIVE AS A DISCIPLE OF JESUS

As the disciple, Peter, grows in his understanding of who Jesus is, Jesus calls him to participate in greater ways. Walking on water, serving the less fortunate, and preaching the Gospel message help Peter and all the disciples understand that they are active in the advancement of Jesus’ Kingdom here on earth. In this faith journey of following, being changed by, and being on mission with Jesus, Peter and the disciples arrive at a key
spot. They come to the realization that Jesus is, in fact, Messiah, the Son of the living God. Jesus is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy and truly God.

Week 4 >> Day 1

>> READ

Matthew 14:13-21
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
As soon as Jesus heard the news, he left in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where he was headed and followed on foot from many towns. Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.”

But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.”
“But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered.

“Bring them here,” he said. Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people. They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and
children!

>> CONSIDER

Imagine a huge crowd, enough people to fill a stadium. They follow Jesus in anticipation of His teaching and healing. When the disciples see the masses, they urge Jesus to send them away so they can meet their own needs for food and lodging. The disciples still do not think like Jesus. Instead, He tells them to have the crowd sit down, and then He instructs the disciples to feed the crowd themselves. The disciples see the impossibility of
satisfying a crowd that size with only a few fish and bread. Jesus takes what is given to Him to use. After He blesses the food, He starts handing it out to the disciples for them to distribute to the people. Jesus allows them to work alongside Him in this wonderful miracle.

Notice the critical change we see here. The disciples no longer just observe as Jesus meets people’s needs, they participate. Just like the disciples, God intends for us to learn from observing Him at work around us and then He expects us to jump in and participate as well.

>> PRAY

Ask God to show you those around you that are not serving in the church. Ask God to help you know how to encourage them to serve. Invite them to be a part of the work of God in the Church and community.

>> APPLY

  • Why do you think the disciples want to send the crowds away?
  • It’s often easier to send people away than to deal with their needs. How can we be better at being available to be used by God when we see people in need?
  • How do you think Peter and the disciples feel about being able to join in with Jesus in feeding 5000 people? Does it change their perspective about their calling?

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