Saved To Save Others
Rev. Foster Kofi Amenya, Ph.D.
He noticed that a large crowd had followed him because
they saw him do miracles and healed many of their
diseases. These people had been with him the whole day
and were hungry and he had compassion on them.
Jesus asked one of the disciples where they could get
bread to feed the great number of people that had
gathered. The Bible states that he asked the disciple
this question to prove him. Jesus is still proving us
to see the strength of our faith. Jesus already knew
what he would do but the disciples needed to learn
from the master what it was about.
When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great
company come unto him, he saith unto Philip,
Whence shall we buy bread that these may eat? And
this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he
would do. John 6:5-6
Philip came out and said even two hundred-penny worth
of bread would not be enough. Those days a days wage
was a penny so in effect two hundred days work would
not be enough for everyone to break a piece. Soon
Andrew, one of the disciples, also came and told Jesus
about a small boy with five loaves of bread and two
fishes but since he did not believe it was worth anything he
There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves and
two small fishes: but what are they among so many?
This question I believe proved the lack of faith on
the part of the disciples. Jesus had done a lot of
miracles but feeding a great number of people with a
supply of food from a lad was something else.
With Andrew's doubt Jesus said to the disciples, "make
the men sit down". Let them be organized.
Any time we are expecting God to do a miracle in our
lives we first need to be organized.
We can not live any which way and expect to receive from God.
Hence, "make the men sit down". Expect a miracle.
Organizing oneself is a sign of expectancy.
The five loaves of bread and two fishes was for only
the lad and no one else. The child's meal could not
feed another person otherwise it would not suffice for
the lad. Here we know there were children in the crowd
because of the lad. The five loaves of bread and the
two fishes left in the lad's hand are lifeless and lack
the power to increase. The materials of the meal were dead and had no life in
After some persuasion the lad gave the five loaves and
the two fishes to Jesus.
The Bible records that Jesus gave thanks for the
supply at hand.
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. John 6:11
We can say that after the thanks giving there was a
super natural occurrence. The bread and the fish did
not remain the same. A divine change took place during
the thanks giving to cause an increase or a
multiplication that such a large crowd could eat and
be filled. We can say Jesus introduced life into the
bread and hence the power to multiply and increase.
Jesus fed the multitude because he had compassion on
He knew that they were hungry and hunger leads to
death. There was the likelihood that some of them may
faint when sent away as suggested by the disciples
earlier. The miracle that occurred
allowed the feeding of about ten thousand or more
people. Writing with Mathew's account in mind.
In Mathew's account there were five thousand men
besides women and children.
Yes it was a miracle beyond anyone's wildest
imagination and it did happen. At the time of thanks
giving the loaves and fishes which a few minutes before
were lifeless and dead had received life and been used to
feed the many that were hungry. It was used to restore
life to the hungry multitudes. Where there is life
there must be growth and therefore increase. Anything
that passes through the hands of Jesus never remains
This can be the diagrammatic expression of John 6:11
From the above diagram we see the movement of the
lifeless five loaves and the two fishes and the
resulting effect that Jesus had on them.
Before we came to Jesus we were like the five lifeless
loaves and two fishes. We had no worth and were dead
in our sins. We were of no spiritual usefulness. We
were selfish and on the way to hell and destruction
but Jesus changed all that when we came to him. Now we
are alive and are commissioned to multiply.
Some lessons we can learn from the above.
1. No contribution is too small for Jesus to use.
2. Any amount of time with Jesus is time well spent.
3. The lad gave all that was asked of him and he became a blessing to thousands. Obedience brings blessing.
4. One person willing to be used of Jesus had saved a multitude.
5. Our life fully committed to Jesus will make us effective and able servants, enjoying the work of the Lord rather than enduring it.
6. For the life without hope and direction, Jesus is the answer.
7. To be alive and live as men and women that God has created we must go through the hands of Jesus where the miracles take place. There we shall be transformed.
8. God used the five loaves and the two lifeless fishes to save the hungry and save the lost. In the same sense we can say when the lad was yielding Jesus used him to draw men unto himself.
9. When you are saved you are given eternal life and the power to increase.
10. You are saved to save others.
11. When we learn to give thanks for what we have, miracles may occur.
12. Any problem we bring to Him Jesus is able to provide a solution.
13. We are the bread made alive to be eaten by those who are hungry, those who do not have Jesus.
14. We are to lead the unbeliever to Christ as we feed them the Word of God.
15. We owe it to Jesus to be a blessing to the kingdom by walking in obedience to His command.
As long as we are alive in Christ we are commanded to
preach the gospel to all creatures, to multiply and tell
about Jesus wherever we go.
When they were filled, he said unto his disciples,
Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be
lost. Therefore they gathered them together, and
filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five
barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them
that had eaten. John 6:12-13
The above scripture, which commands that all fragments
be collected and none be lost, can also assure us that
our message of the gospel will not be in vain. The
Word of the Lord never gets lost. Every seed of the
gospel we plant will not go to waste and will not be
lost. There will always be a harvest, as indicated by
the twelve baskets which remained.
Finally, for us to live and for our needs to be met there is
no other way except that we have Jesus on our side, for He
alone has the ability to change situations and provide
solutions to our problems. The Bible declares that He is
the life and there is no one like Him. Amen.
TEXT FOR THIS MATERIAL: JOHN 6:1-13