Where Do You Recognize Jesus? October 2020 Meditation
By Dr. Laudis H. “Rick” Lanford, GUMF Regional Vice President
Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. John 6:10-11 (NRSV)
I have always favored this miracle in the Gospel of John. Jesus finds Himself about nine miles from the city of Bethsaida on the side of a hill with a grassy slope. The crowd had followed Jesus to this place because they knew He had performed many miracles for the sick and possessed. They knew that He was a man of healing and spoke words of wisdom and truth. Even though the crowd witnessed different miracles, they still did not recognize Jesus as the Son of God. Even the disciples, though they left everything to follow Him, still doubted at times.
Jesus had compassion for the crowd, and it was here on this hillside that he asked Philip how they could feed the people. Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” John 6:7-9 (NRSV)
It utterly amazes me that the little boy is the only person who recognized Jesus for who He was on that day. No wonder Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3 NRSV)
During these past several months, we have all had to rely upon our faith while struggling through this pandemic. I have seen so many miracles from our first responders, teachers, and faith community. I have recognized Jesus in both children and adults. I have witnessed firsthand how a little has produced a lot!
Where have you recognized Jesus? Better yet, where have you been Jesus to someone else? I pray that you will take what God has blessed you with and share it with those who are hungry, thirsty, and in need. God has blessed us all. How will you be a blessing and maybe even a miracle for others this day? O God, may it be so! Amen.