In the series we are looking how Jesus challenges us to live differently. Jesus calls to love Him and love others in a radical way. We will live as those who have been transformed, because we have been transformed by Him. Transformed people live transformed lives. However, living transformed lives is done in isolation and it is not easy. It means turning away from our idols and seeking him to help us live counter culturally.
In this sermon, Pastor Humphreys talks about Matthew 14:13-21 where Jesus demonstrates the importance of compassion over convenience and challenges us with how we can show compassion, even when it isn’t convenient or easy for us.
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”
16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.