When Human weakness meets Supernatural Power-
Jesus was undoubtedly very popular and mass crowds sought after him. Not all of the attention he got was good but he was a very extremely controversial character but no doubt incredibly popular as he walked the earth as the very nature of God in human form. Jesus never used his great spotlight to serve self centered means, we see how he was so very often serving, teaching and several occassions miraculously feeding people (Such as the feeding of the five thousand, and the feeding of the four thousand) Often times he would try to get away with his disciples to a quiet place to rest but this on several occassions got interrupted by crowds who found out where he went, Yet
despite the inconvenience, Jesus did not seem peturbed at all
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
Mark 6:31-34 –
This small passage speaks great volumes of our Savior and our blessed Lord! He was interupted no doubt and sure it was inconvenient no doubt but see how he responds, “He had compassion on them” and Jesus was the perfect example of what it looks like to lay aside our needs and personal comforts for the good of those around us. As his followers we can drop the ball and fall so short, there are times we are tired, worn out and can respond to those around us with impatience or frustration. Yet we should not beat ourselves up but also seek to grow in our reflection of Perfection, that is Jesus Christ.
The disciples in Mark 6 may be like we can so often be:
By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But he answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?” 38 “How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.” Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. 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 his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.
Mark 6:35-44 –
They said basically, “Oh Lord we cannot do anything- just send them home” but Jesus teaches them two things here
1.) He models sacrificial selfless love for people
2.) He manifests his supernatural ability to take what they had, and multiply their efforts!
So as a reminder to myself and us all, lets remember that sure we have our weaknesses and limitations but since we have Jesus with us, He has the power and ability to enable us to do what he commands. Even when we are drained. Their human weakness met with supernatural power made the difference.