Sermon: Laetare (Lent 4)

Pastor Sean Willman

Good Shepherd Pleasant Prairie

Lent 4 (Laetare)

11 March 2018

John 6:1-15

God provides what is necessary for life in desperate situations and desolate places when we can’t help ourselves. But then again you already knew that. In fact you acknowledge it every day. Every time you pray the 4th petition of the Lord’s prayer and every time you pause to pray before a meal you acknowledge that God provides for you.

THE CROWD

“because they saw the signs he was doing on the sick”

LEGIT Needs

Don’t know who He is. They thought Moses gave manna in the wilderness, and they think Jesus is another man, indeed a prophet like Moses giving physical gifts.

THE DISCIPLES

Know who Jesus is, don’t imagine that He will provide for these people

Send them away . . . What is so little among so many?

The crowd wants bread, the disciples want to send them away to buy it.

JESUS

Savior of the world. Come to restore all things. Physically and spiritually. He feeds them. And why wouldn’t He? There’d be no reason for Him to save them from hell and then not provide for them on earth. In the same way that there’d be no point for Jesus to feed people only to let them die and go to hell. He does this out of compassion and love.

And He does it with the simple things of creation. Five loaves and two fish.

He doesn’t make a rock grow wings and fly or turn a boy into a frog. Instead what Jesus does is within the order of creation. Here he simply magnifies something that already is. Creation itself is an exercise of His power that’s around us all the time. It’s a historical event of course, but it’s also a typical event of the life of the church. That God works on us and for us