TABLE IN THE WILDERNESS

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.”

The miracles of Jesus were often living parables as well as meeting a very desperate need in someone’s life. That is especially true in the miracle of the feeding of the 5000. The day after that incredible event, the crowds found Jesus on the other side of the Sea of Galilee. They then barraged Him with requests for another feeding miracle, you know, like Moses did for forty years with the manna. This is when Jesus began to teach about the profound lesson of the bread and fish. He started by saying Moses didn’t provide the manna for forty years, it was His Father in heaven. He went on to share His most shocking teaching yet, He said that He actually was the bread that came down from heaven. The manna was a type of Christ as well as the multiplied bread from the day before. He went on to talk about His death and eating His body and drinking His blood. He was preparing their hearts for the new and better covenant, the covenant established with His precious blood. Here are some thoughts from charles Spurgeon on the spiritual nature of this miracle.

“Come and take him, O anxious one and the more fully you can take him the more will Jesus be pleased. Why flows the river but to make glad your fields? Why sparkles the fountain but to quench your thirst? Why shines the sun but for your eyes to be blest with his light? As you breathe the air around you because you feel it must have been made for you to breathe, so receive the full, free salvation of Jesus Christ because it is provided, and you are in need of it. No mandate of heaven exists to shut you out, but every sacred doctrine is an argument why you should come, and welcome, and take Jesus freely. The crowds all ate; none were so obstinate as to decline the gratis provender. Did they receive the bread which perisheth? I charge you, then, accept gladly the bread which endureth to life eternal.”

Jesus is providing for us way more than fish and bread. He clearly is concerned about our daily needs but the point of the miracle is way more than that, He is providing a spiritual feast in the wilderness. You may seem like you are in a spiritual desolate place, don’t be alarmed, there is always a table in the wilderness.

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