4 Groups Most People Are Like (Be Like the Few)

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The books about the historical life of Jesus in the Bible are called the Gospels. There are four of them. Each book is written to a different audience in mind. With four different contexts and four different authors, we have access to different accounts of Jesus’ life. 

The only miracle Jesus performed that is in all four Gospels is the feeding of the 5,000 (Matthew 14; Mark 6; Luke 9; John 6). There must be something significant for each Gospel writer and the Holy Spirit to include this account in the limited pages of their biography of Jesus’ earthly life.  

The miracle of feeding 5,000 men (adding women and children it could’ve been 15,000 people) occurred by Jesus praying over 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish and then seeing it multiplied to feed throngs of people. You would’ve thought Jesus’ little ministry up to that point would’ve let to a mega-ministry.

It didn’t.

We can learn a lot about ourselves and those in our lives from the 15,000 people who came to hear Jesus preach and be fed by Him and how we do not want to be like most of them.

1. Very few people care about their soul and eternal life more than they care about their body and this life. 

Why do 15,000 people leave their homes, travel to be around Jesus early in His ministry? Yes, some came to hear His wisdom. Some came to feel His love. Many came to see a miracle. Many came to have their bellies full. 

As long as Jesus was extending their physical life, they were interested in Him. 

We can be exactly the same. 

As a church leader I have access to the prayer requests of people. By far the prayer requests are more about physical health than about spiritual health. 

Think about how we treat our day. We exercise. We try to eat well. We drink water. We shower. We get our bodies ready for the day. We constantly are thinking about our physical health.

We seem to care more about the condition of our physical body than our spiritual soul. 

While feeding those who have come to be near Jesus, He saw their true motivations. 

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. [John 6:26-27]

2. Very few people are loyal no matter what. Most people are bandwagon fans. 

My youngest child is a bandwagon fan. When watching a sporting event, she will pick the team that is winning and when that team begins to lose, she will switch to root for the other team that took the lead and it’s back-and-forth like a ping pong match with where her loyalties lie. 

The crowd that comes to see Jesus, they had heard about Him healing people. They had heard about Him turning water into wine at a wedding. They had come from afar to be fed by Him miracuosly. They heard His life-changing teachings. It should’ve been enough. And yet we see right after the feeding of the 5,000: 

At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him. [John 6:66]

Bandwagon fans. 

Faith in Jesus is not about believing in Him so you get what you want. Faith in Jesus is holding onto Him especially when you don’t get what you want. Very few are loyal when God doesn’t meet their expectations.

[Side note: Be aware of your complaining nature. In John 6:61, before all of these followers desert Jesus and give up on Him, it says “Jesus was aware of their complaining”. Complaining is a step toward giving up on Jesus.}

3. Very few people see that there is more than enough evidence to believe in Jesus. 

On top of the water-into-wine miracle, on top of healing people of ailments, on top of teaching like no one had ever taught, on top of WALKING ON WATER and CALMING A SIGNIFICANT STORM – people still didn’t believe Jesus was Who He said He was (God Himself). 

After Jesus takes a Jewish boys lunchable and feeds thousands with it, the crowds still demand more. 

They answered, “Show us a miraculous sign if you want us to believe in you. What can you do? [John 6:30]

This is after Jesus fed them miraculously. 

When we doubt God, we have these thoughts of, “God, IF You are real, IF You are loving, IF You are good, IF You are powerful enough, THEN do this for me

No. We have more than enough evidence of God moving in our lives already. We need to keep our IFs out our prayers when speaking of God’s charatcter. He IS real. He IS loving. He IS good. He IS all-powerful. 

4. Very few people would follow Jesus if He showed up in person today. 

Here is what Jesus said to the crowds the day after feeding and teaching them: 

But you haven’t believed in me even though you have seen me. [John 6:36]  

If it happened then, it would happen today. 

God is pursuing people so vigorously today to show skeptics His love and His providence and His blessings, but even physically sending Jesus again there would be people closing their hearts and minds to true life itself. 

What about you?
Do you care more about your physical body than your spiritual soul?
Are you a bandwagon Christian when God doesn’t give you what you want? 
Do you still doubt in God’s love and goodness when things don’t go your way? 
Very few people do. 

The gate to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few find it. [Matthew 7:14]

Thanks for reading. You are loved. 

Z