Thursday, November 24, 2011
The Kingdom has Arrived
Mark 6:33-44 (ESV) Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them.  When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.  And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, "This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late.  Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat."  But he answered them, "You give them something to eat." And they said to him, "Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?"  And he said to them, "How many loaves do you have? Go and see." And when they had found out, they said, "Five, and two fish."  Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass.  So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties.  And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all.  And they all ate and were satisfied.  And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish.  And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men. Thinking about labeling this one, leave your cell phones at home. Poor guys trying to get away, and everybody comes running after. There isn’t any rest for the wicked, and neither does there seem to be any rest for the righteous. Rather than less work, now they have more work. Jesus has the patience of Job. Maybe Job wished he had the Patience Jesus has hear. I’d be kind of put out I think. Jesus? Not so much. He decides to perform another miracle. Feeds five thousand with a couple loaves of bread and two fish. Not bad. The kingdom has arrived folks, the kingdom has arrived.