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I don't like having to repeat things. I like to do stuff once, do it well and move on to the next thing. Do you know that these "repeats" are evidence of God's grace in our lives? They are evidence of God's fatherly care to love and serve us and work on us patiently. The disciples have to repeat a lesson they should have learned. As we watch Jesus love and teach the disciples "again," we see the plan by which He teaches, grows and matures all of us. If we understand better God's work in our lives we will grow that much faster, be that much less frustrated and mature in our character and Christlikeness that much more purposefully.
What do you think of crowds? What’s the biggest crowd you have ever been in? A sporting event, a concert, some rally or big conference? I was trying to think what my biggest crowd was, maybe downtown Milwaukee for a Fourth of July fireworks show, over 100K. Phama remembers it too well, we lost little three year old Marc in the crowd and it was a bit terrifying. How about the crowds on the Guide in Bellingham or at Costco or the mall? Do you try to avoid them, do you stay away or wish they would go away? Do you find yourself getting annoyed or frustrated or impatient? What do you see when you see a huge crowd? Whenever Jesus saw a great crowd or a great city His heart was stirred with a great compassion. He saw souls, eternal souls dying in their sin and unbelief. No one felt as much as Christ when He saw a great crowd, no one saw so deeply and so eternally. When you are on the Guide or at Costco or walking through the mall do you see souls, many facing a Christ-less eternity? Are you ever stirred to compassion, stirred to pray? Many of Jesus’ emotions are recorded in Scripture. His joy, sorrow, anger, amazement, gratitude. But no emotion is recorded as often as His compassion. While He walked among us here on this earth, what He felt most was compassion. Compassion for the hunger and thirst in our souls, for being lost sheep without a shepherd. The disciples were annoyed and frustrated and impatient with crowds, with people always scrambling for attention. They were always trying to shoo people way and keep everyone away from Jesus. They always wanted to dismiss the poor and needy, people with demands. There are three things I want us to see about Jesus from our text this morning.
Jesus is the shepherd who saves, provides, keeps and reveals himself as King to his people
Jesus knows about our needs, cares about our needs, and is able to meet our needs. He is enough. He is sufficient.
Jesus is the true shepherd who feeds and satisfies his sheep and so we are called to be filled and be full on His meal. The passage clearly shows that the sheep need a shepherd, but we the sheep must respond to the shepherd's meal.
This sermon deals with the difference between physical eating and spiritual feeding via the sacrament of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. One is simply for physical existence the other is for eternity.
It's a local Terry Shaivo story. Four years ago, Gary Harvey had a heart attack and fell down the basement stairs -- and was brain damaged. His wife Sarah ended up losing guardianship of her husband while trying to protect him. FLN's Sarah Harnisch went directly to Sarah just weeks before a court decides whether or not the state will take out Gary Harvey's feeding tube.