Jesus can Magnify: Gospel Today Devotional - 17th November, 2023

The word, magnify means to make something larger. And this is the definition we shall be working with in our study today because of the context of that which we shall be looking into as the Lord would be helping us. The Lord help us as we continue.

Jesus can Magnify: Gospel Today Devotional - 17th November, 2023

The sixth chapter of John gives an account of one of the notable signs that was done by our Lord, and Saviour Jesus Christ. It talks about how the Lord saw a great company of people who had come to him, and needed to feed them but the resources available was not up to that of the needs of the people. Having inquired of his disciples, he discovered that they could barely buy enough food for everyone, and even that which was available could not feed a very minute part of the multitude for they were about five thousand in number.

You can say they were faced with a problem, right? Yes, that's true. And the solution was to either buy enough bread for them which was practically not an option or make do of the little they had which was also not an option. But was there a solution? How was this solved? Were they all fed? These are the questions today's study hopes to answer. Shall we? The passage of scripture is seen below,

"One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost". (John 6:8-12).

Jesus had asked from Philip what to do, not that he himself didn't know what to do but the Bible said he asked to test Philip. Philip had given the Lord Jesus an answer before Andrew came to give this as an option, but you know what? Even Andrew didn't see the possibility of feeding five thousand hungry people with just five barley loaves, and two fish. Did you see the question he asked after telling Jesus about the resources available? What are they among so many? Meaning, this would not even do anything. But was it enough for them? Let's see.

Jesus didn't say a word, he only gave an instruction. This was because while they saw five loaves, and two fish to be fed to five thousand people, the Lord could see a larger provision, his magnifying power made him see something bigger, and said no problem. You just make them sit, the problem is solved. They will be fed. And the Bible says he blessed the food,  commanded that it be distributed, it was, and the people were all fed with even some fragments remaining about twelve basket full. Glory to Jesus.

What lesson do we have to learn from this today? There are times when we feel we do not have enough? Not enough to give, not enough to offer. There are times we ask ourselves just as Andrew asked the Lord Jesus, what are they among so many? Jesus sees better than you do. What he sees is you having enough strength for that task, enough courage for that fight, enough resource for that project. So today, he says to sit(rest in him) while he magnifies the little you think you have for you to see too. The Lord let this word sink into your heart. Amen.

Thought for the day: You may not see it but Jesus does. So take your rest in him while he magnifies the little you think you have.

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