The story we read today is one of the most familiar miracles in the Bible—Jesus feeding the five-thousand. I remember when I was in Israel passing quickly by the site of this miracle and seeing the hillside it took place on.
A few days later, Jesus took His men aside and talked to them. We have some notes from this conversation…
Who do people say that I am? [Jesus]
Some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other ancient prophets risen from the dead. [disciples]
Who do you say that I am? [Jesus]
You are the Messiah, sent from God. [Peter]
This confession changed everything for Peter. He was forced in that moment to declare His allegiance to the Savior. What do you say about God when people ask? Do you shy away from the question trying to be politically correct, or not to violate any man-made HR codes? Or, do you boldly declare your allegiance to Him? Do you bow your head to pray and thank Him for your food before you eat – even if you are in the presence of unbelievers?
Jesus then reminds His disciples – and us of an irrevocable principle…
If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.
To follow, you must let Him lead. Following is costly.
…and it was. It cost the disciples everything and it gave them so much more.
Jesus called it –
If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. (v.24)
- Who has possession of your life?
- How are you dying to yourself today and living for Him?
- Are you truly a follower of Christ (defined by Jesus)?
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor