Blessed & Broken and Feeding Others With the Divine Nature

Today’s selected reading continues in the New Testament gospel narrative of the Lord Jesus Christ as it was written and recorded by the apostle Matthew. More specifically today’s passage is found in the first thirty verses of the twenty-sixth chapter. “And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, He said unto His disciples, Ye know that after two days is the feast of the Passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified. Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the nigh priest, who was called Caiaphas, and consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him. But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people” (Matthew 26:1-5).

 

            “Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, there came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? For she hath wrought a good work upon me. For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her” (Matthew 26:6-13).

 

            “Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, and said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him” (Matthew 26:14-16).

 

            “Now the first day of the unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the Passover? And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at thy house with my disciples. And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the Passover”(Matthew 26:17-19).

 

            “Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve. And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I? And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with m e in the dish, the same shall betray me. The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of many is betrayed! IT had been good for that man if he had not been born. Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said” (Matthew 26:20-25).

 

            “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom” (Matthew 26:26-29).

 

            “And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives” (Matthew 26:30).

            When I read the words which are found in this passage of Scripture I am absolutely and utterly amazed by the words and language contained therein. With this being said I find it absolutely necessary to say that as I am sitting here writing these words and contemplating the text found in the gospel narrative written by Matthew I am struck by the account of the Passover. I fully realize there might be many who would read this passage of Scripture and who would think to begin with the first verse and move through the chapter, however, as I was reading this passage earlier today I was struck by the final portion of the text. As you read the words which are found in this passage of Scripture you can and will be drawn to Jesus and His disciples together in an upper room. It would be in this upper room where they would celebrate the Passover after Jesus gave them instructions on how to make preparations for them. On the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus asking where they would celebrate the Passover. Upon hearing their question the Lord Jesus would instruct them to go into the city to such a man and declare unto him that the Master said His time was at hand and He would keep the Passover at his house with His disciples. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this for when we think about the celebration and keeping of the Passover we have to recognize that Jesus sought to celebrate and keep it with His disciples. Jesus knew that His time was near and that He was going to be betrayed into the hands of the chief priests, the scribes and the elders of the people by one of His own.

 

            As you consider the words and language which is found in this passage of Scripture you will find that during the Passover meal and at the table there was more that took place than simply their participating in the meal. If you begin reading with and from the twentieth verse of this chapter you will find that when the even was come Jesus sat down with the twelve and ate and abode with them. As they sat down to meat with one another Jesus would emphatically and perhaps even somberly declare unto them that one of them would betray Him. There at the table during the Passover meal where Jesus would participate in this meal which had been celebrated since the days of Moses and the children of Israel in the land of Egypt Jesus would almost interrupt the meal speaking of betrayal. There at the table where they would participate of what might have been the traditional Passover meal Jesus would declare unto His disciples that one of them would betray Him. Pause for a moment and consider how absolutely incredible this truly is as you read the words and language found in this narrative. There in the upper room as Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Passover you will find Him interrupting the meal by declaring how one of them would betray Him. Imagine being the twelve disciples and having enjoyed the meal together with the Lord Jesus and then hearing Him declare unto you that one among you would betray Him. Imagine being one of the twelve disciples there in the upper room and hearing Jesus declare unto all of you that one from among that number would betray Him. What makes this all the more intriguing is when you consider the narrative of the upper room through the lens of the apostle John in the thirteenth chapter. Before we even read of the Passover meal and Jesus’ statement concerning one among them betraying Him we find another act of humility taking place among them. Consider if you will the following words which are found in this passage of Scripture beginning with the first and opening verse:

 

            “Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him; Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash. My feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean” (John 13:1-11).

 

            It is in this passage of Scripture we find the Lord Jesus laying aside His garments and girding Himself with a towel after He had poured water into a bason. This is something we must needs recognize and understand when seeking to truly grasp what took place on that night in the upper room. We know that on that night there in the upper room Jesus participated in the Passover meal together with His disciples and that He would celebrate the Passover meal with them. What is more often than not overlooked when considering the words found in this passage is how Jesus would take the time to expose the condition of the hearts of the disciples. As you read the various narratives of the Passover meal which was celebrated among the disciples together with the Lord Jesus you will find that not only did He declare how one from among them would betray Him but the Lord Jesus would also declare unto them concerning the one who would betray Him how they were the ones who would put their hand in the dish when He dipped the sup. What makes the words and language found in this passage so incredibly unique and interesting when you take the time to think about is when you realize how the Lord Jesus would declare unto the disciples how one from among them would indeed betray Him. There at the table not only would Jesus participate in the Passover meal together with His disciples but the Lord Jesus would also reveal unto the disciples how one of them would indeed betray Him. There at the table of fellowship and relationship Jesus would speak of betrayal. Pause for a moment and consider how absolutely incredible this truly was for it calls and draws our attention to the incredible reality of what took place on the night of the Passover.

 

            As you read the words which are found in this passage of Scripture you will quickly and immediately encounter and come face to face with the tremendous truth surrounding Jesus celebrating the Passover meal together with His disciples. There in the upper room together with His disciples the Lord Jesus would reveal unto His disciples how one among their own number would betray Him. It is absolutely necessary we recognize and pay close attention to the words found in this passage of Scripture for it calls and draws our attention to the incredible truth surrounding the disciples whom Jesus deliberately and intentionally chose to walk with and follow Him. There is something truly unique about the words which are found in this passage of Scripture for within it we are brought face to face with Jesus revealing something unto His disciples about their own heart. If you take the time to read the words which are found here you will find that Jesus’ words would not only provoke sorrow within the hearts of the disciples but His words would also do something else entirely. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of that which is present within this passage of Scripture for within we encounter Jesus declaring unto the disciples how one among them would betray Him and how they would each begin to think and wonder if it was one from among them. Stop and consider how absolutely incredible the words and language within this passage of Scripture truly is for it brings us face to face with the powerful reality of the disciples and them examining themselves as to whether or not it would truly be one among them who would betray Him. What’s more is that as you read the words found in this passage of Scripture you will find that after Jesus declared unto them that one among them would betray Him they were not only exceeding sorrowful but they would each begin to say unto Him, Lord, is it i?

 

 

            I have to admit that I am absolutely and incredibly captivated with the words and language that is found in this passage of Scripture for it’s utterly astounding what Jesus’ words would do within the hearts and minds of the disciples. Upon reading the words which are found in this passage of Scripture you will find that as Jesus sat down to meat together with the twelve disciples Jesus would declare while they were eating that one among them would betray Him. We cannot afford to miss the words and language found int his passage of Scripture for within it we find Jesus declaring unto the disciples how one from among them would betray Him and how this would induce both sorrow and inquisition within their hearts and souls. It is absolutely necessary we recognize and understand the words which are found in this passage of Scripture for what we find here brings us face to face with an incredible truth about the power and impact of the words of Jesus within our own hearts and Jesus. Jesus merely makes the statement that one of them would betray Him and not only would all of them be sorrowful but they would each begin to asking Him, saying, Lord, Is it I? The word and language we find in this passage of Scripture are absolutely incredible when you take the time to think about it for within it we are brought face to face with the truth surrounding Jesus’ words and what they would do within the hearts and souls of the disciples. The Lord Jesus would declare unto His disciples that one from among them would betray Him and His words would draw and call their attention to the condition of their own hearts and souls.

 

            The more you read the words which are found in this passage of Scripture the more you will encounter and come face to face with the tremendous truth surrounding Jesus’ question and the effect it had on the disciples. Jesus would indeed declare unto the disciples that one of them would betray Him and the question they asked of the Lord Jesus was—in my opinion—more than simply a question of whether or not it was them who would betray Him. Perhaps the single greatest reality that is found in the question the disciples asked the Lord Jesus is not merely whether or not it was one of them who would betray Him. I am absolutely convinced the question the disciples asked the Lord Jesus went much deeper than was it one of them who would betray Him and went straight to whether or not one of them could betray Him. Think about what it actually took for Judas Iscariot the son of Simon to betray the Lord Jesus for not only would Satan have to put it in his heart to betray Him but the apostle John also records how Satan would in fact enter Judas Iscariot to actually bring about the betrayal. Stop for a moment and think about what it would take to not only allow Satan to put something like this within your heart and mind but also for Satan to enter into you. Scripture holds no punches and when you read the words found here in this passage you will be brought face to face with the powerful truth surrounding the Lord Jesus’ words unto the disciples. Each of the disciples would ask the Lord Jesus whether or not it was they who would betray Him and Jesus would respond unto them by declaring that it would be who dipped his hand with Him in the dish. It wasn’t enough for the Lord Jesus to declare unto them that one of them would betray Him for He would also reveal who it was who would betray Him. This is something we dare not and must not miss and lose sight of for it calls and draws our attention to the absolutely wonderful truth surrounding Jesus’ words and the impact and force they have within our own hearts and souls.

 

            I sit here today thinking about and considering the words found in this passage of Scripture and I am brought face to face with the fact that when Jesus declared unto the disciples that one of them would betray Him they would each become exceeding sorrowful. The more I personally read the words found in this passage of Scripture the more I can’t help but think about the fact that Jesus’ words produced sorrow within the hearts and souls of the disciples—and not only sorrow but also inquisition. Each of the disciples would ask the Lord Jesus whether or not it was they who would betray Him and eventually Judas himself who had already betrayed Him who would ask Jesus whether or not it was him. How incredibly unique it is to read the words found in this passage of Scripture and consider the fact that Jesus’ words and statement would cause all the disciples to become sorrowful at the thought that one of them would betray Him. What makes this all the more interesting when you think about it is when you consider the fact that this would not be the first time Jesus would speak unto the disciples concerning betrayal. Jesus would indeed and would in fact speak unto the disciples concerning betrayal into the hands of the chief priests, the scribes and the elders of Israel yet here in the upper room Jesus would drop the gauntlet and lay the hammer down upon them.

 

            It would be here in the upper room the Lord Jesus would declare unto the disciples that one of them would betray Him and I would venture to say that all but one of them was sorrowful when hearing His words. I find it truly interesting when reading the words contained in this passage of Scripture that Jesus would declare unto His disciples that one of them would betray Him and Judas had already conspired and covenanted together with the chief priests. As you read the words which are found in the fourteenth verse of this passage you will find that Judas went unto the chief priests and asked them what they would give him if He delivered Jesus into their hands. The apostle Matthew goes on to write and record how the chief priests covenanted with Judas for thirty pieces of silver. What’s more is that as we read the words found in this passage of Scripture we must needs consider how after Judas had covenanted together with the chief priests for thirty pieces of silver he would look for opportunity to betray Him. This is something we have great need of recognizing and understanding for even though Judas was one of the twelve disciples and was invited together with the other eleven disciples to participate together with the Passover meal he would ultimately conspire together with the chief priests and betray Him. Judas would come to the table and would participate in the Passover meal together with the Lord Jesus and His disciples and would partake of the bread, the fruit of the vine and the Passover meal and yet he knew he had already covenanted together with the chief priests. If there is one thing I can’t help but think about when reading the words found in this passage of Scripture is whether or not Judas had the thirty pieces of silver on his person as he sat together with Jesus there in the upper room.

 

            As I read the words contained in this passage of Scripture I am brought face to face with the tremendous and incredible truth surrounding the words of Jesus concerning His disciples and how one of them would betray Him. The Lord Jesus would declare unto his disciples that one from among them would betray Him and Judas had not only conspired together with the chief priests but he had also covenanted with them for thirty pieces of silver. Please don’t miss the use of the word “covenant” in this passage of Scripture for I would dare say it is not there by coincidence or accident. I read the words found within this passage and I am brought face to face with the truly astonishing truth surrounding the language used and how the apostle Matthew declared concerning this evening how Judas covenanted with the chief priests for thirty pieces of silver. COVENANTING WITH RELIGION! COVENANTING WITH MONEY! BE CAREFUL WHAT YOUCOVENANT YOURSELF WITH! BE CAREFUL WHO YOU COVENANT YOURSELF WITH! I read the words which are found in this passage of Scripture and I am brought face to face with the incredible truth surrounding Judas and how Scripture doesn’t merely speak of Judas conspiring together with the chief priests but Judas actually covenanting with them. Stop and consider how truly powerful and tragic these words truly are when you take the time to consider them. Judas would indeed approach the chief priests which were there in the midst of the city of Jerusalem and he would covenant with them. What’s more is that he would not only covenant with religion, he would not only covenant to betray the Lord Jesus, and not would he covenant together over a price but I can’t help but wonder what he said or did to get away from Jesus and His disciples. I can’t help but wonder what Judas said or did that would have enabled him to not only leave the disciples of the Lord Jesus but also Jesus Himself that he might conspire together and covenant with the chief priests.

 

            The words and language contained in this passage call and draw our attention to the incredible truth that Jesus would declare unto His disciples that one of them would betray Him and Judas had already conspired together with the chief priests to deliver Him into their hands. Judas would have the audacity to enter into the upper room together with Jesus and the other disciples and would feign relationship and fellowship together with the Son of God and yet he not only covenanted together with the chief priests but also began searching for an opportunity to betray Him into their hands. Imagine sitting at the table together with Jesus and His disciples in the upper room and seeking and opportunity to betray Him. Judas would sit together with the Lord Jesus there in the upper room and would participate in the Passover meal and yet the whole while He was there he was seeking an opportunity to betray Him. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this for there is something to be said about the use of the word “covenanted” found within this passage. Judas would sit there together with the Lord Jesus and the other eleven disciples feigning fellowship and relationship together with them and the whole time he would be conspiring within his own heart and mind how he might betray the Lord Jesus. There in the upper room Judas would conspire together against the Lord Jesus how he might betray Him and there is something we must needs recognize and understand when reading these words. There is something absolutely incredible about the words present in this passage for it calls and draws our attention to the power of Jesus’ words and how Judas had already made up his mind and had begun the process of betraying the Lord Jesus. Judas had already covenanted together with the chief priests for thirty pieces of silver to betray Jesus into their hands and would perhaps even enter into the upper room with that silver.

 

            I sit here today thinking about the words which are found in this passage of Scripture and I am brought face to face with the incredible truth surrounding Judas covenanting together with the chief priests. Judas would covenant together with the chief priests for thirty pieces of silver and I can’t help but see a powerful warning and word of caution unto us as the disciples of the Lord Jesus. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of what is found here for within this passage is a clarion call to be absolutely careful who and what we covenant ourselves with. Not only must we be careful who and what we covenant ourselves with but also what we covenant ourselves for. Judas would covenant himself together with religion and with the chief priests and would do so for a certain price determined by them. Not only this but Judas would covenant together with the chief priests for thirty pieces of silver which would be the price for delivering Jesus into their hands. Of course we know that this price was foretold and prophesied in the days of the fathers which would be fulfilled during the days of the Lord Jesus. If there is one thing we must needs recognize when reading the words found here in this passage of Scripture it’s that we have a great need to recognize and pay close attention to who and what we allow ourselves to be covenanted together with. We know from the words found in the nineteenth chapter of this passage of Scripture concerning marriage that the two become one flesh because they covenanted themselves together. There is a part of me that can’t help but wonder whether or not Judas’ actions in this passage of Scripture aligned himself together with the chief priests and essentially joined and sealed his fate together with theirs. It would be the chief priests and the religious leaders of that day who would destroy and put together the Lord Jesus and it would be Judas who would betray Him into their hands.

 

            The words present in this passage of Scripture are a powerful invitation given unto us as the saints of the Lord Jesus Christ and as His disciples and followers that we must needs guard ourselves and be absolutely careful with who and with what we covenant ourselves to. There is not a doubt in my mind that when Judas covenanted together with the chief priests he aligned himself together with them and even aligned himself with their fate. The scribes, the Pharisees, the chief priests, the elders of the people continually conspired together how they might destroy and put Jesus to death and now we find Judas himself conspiring together with them to help facilitate their desires and plans. This is something we must needs pay close and careful attention to for it calls and draws our attention to something we must needs watch for and be mindful within our hearts and lives. We as the saints of God and the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ must be those who are careful with who and what we covenant ourselves to—and not only who and what we covenant ourselves to but also who and what we covenant ourselves to and the purpose. Judas covenanted himself together with the chief priests to betray the Lord Jesus into the hands of the chief priests and from that moment on he would seek for an opportunity to betray Jesus into their hands. How absolutely incredible it is to read the words found in this passage of Scripture and consider the fact that it’s possible that Judas brought the silver of his betrayal into the upper room of fellowship. What’s more is that even there in the upper room it’s possible that Judas sought for an opportunity to betray the Lord Jesus into the hands of the chief priests. This is something we have a great need of recognizing and paying attention to for it calls and draws our attention to our own hearts and souls and that which we allow to creep into our minds, our hearts and even into our spirits.

 

            There in the upper room the Lord Jesus would declare unto the disciples that one of them would betray Him and they would each become sorrowful and ask whether or not it was them. Not only this but each of the disciples would ask the Lord whether or not it was him who would betray Him. I continue to think about and believe that the Lord Jesus’ question not only caused the disciples to ask whether or not they would betray the Lord Jesus but whether or not they would betray Him. There is something truly unique and powerful about the words found in this passage of Scripture for it calls and draws our attention to the words of the Lord Jesus speaking directly unto us and how His words should bring us face to face with what we are actually capable of. Up until that point Jesus probably didn’t speak and reveal unto the disciples that it was one of them who would betray Him and yet here we are at the Passover meal in the upper room and Jesus declares that it was one of them who would betray Him. This is something we have a great need of recognizing and understanding when reading these words for they bring us face to face with the incredibly wonderful and powerful truth of our own hearts and lives. There is something we must needs recognize concerning the condition of our own hearts and souls and how we have indeed been called to be those who will be brought face to face with the words of Jesus and their impact within our minds, within our hearts and within our souls. Jesus emphatically declared unto the disciples that one of them would indeed betray Him and they would immediately begin asking Him whether or not it was they who would betray Him.

 

            The more I read the words which are found in this passage of Scripture the more I am brought face to face with the tremendous truth surrounding the Passover meal and the events which took place on this night. The apostle Matthew wrote how while they were eating Jesus took bread and blessed it and brake it and gave it to the disciples. What makes this truly unique and interesting when you think about it is when you consider the fact that this wasn’t the first time the Lord Jesus would bless and break bread and give it to others. If you take the time to read this New Testament gospel you will find in the fourteenth and fifteenth chapters two different examples of the Lord Jesus being given bread and His taking that bread and blessing and breaking it before giving it unto the disciples. What makes the words within this narrative so incredibly unique when you consider them is how this would be the first time in Scripture Jesus would take the bread, bless it and break it and give it specifically unto the disciples. It is here in the upper room we find Jesus taking the bread and blessing and breaking it before giving it unto the disciples with the instruction to take and eat. As you read the words which are found in this passage of Scripture I cannot help but encounter and come face to face with the truth surrounding the words found in the fourteenth and fifteenth chapters. The words which we find here bring us face to face with the truly powerful truth that prior to the Passover and the night in which Jesus would be betrayed there would be two different times when He would bless bread and break it. What’s more is that not only would there be two times Jesus would bless bread, break it and give it but on these particular occasions the Lord Jesus would give that which was blessed and broken unto the disciples. With this in mind I invite you to consider the following words which are found in the fourteenth and fifteenth chapters of this gospel narrative:

 

            “When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities. And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them hither to me. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men beside women and children”  (Matthew 14:13-21).

 

            It is in the fourteenth chapter of this passage we find the miracle of Jesus feeding five thousand men not including women and children and yet when you come to the very next chapter you will find the Lord Jesus not only feeding five thousand but feeding four thousand men not including women and children. Stop and consider the fact that this same Jesus who would refuse to turn stones into bread to satisfy His own needs in the wilderness would take loaves of bread, bless and break it before giving it unto the disciples that the multitudes might be filled—and not only filled but filled to the full. This is something we dare not and must not miss and lose sight of when we read the words about the Passover and the meal the Lord Jesus participated in together with His disciples. It was indeed true the Lord Jesus fed five thousand men not including women and children but we must also recognize and understand that altogether Jesus probably fed more than ten thousand people. Stop and consider how absolutely incredible this truly is for it calls and draws our attention to the awesome truth of the miraculous nature of the Lord Jesus. The Lord Jesus would indeed bless and break bread before giving it unto His disciples that they might in turn give it unto the multitude. ON the night in which He was betrayed the Lord Jesus would take bread, bless and break it yet He would not give it unto the multitude but would give it unto the disciples. What’s more is when Jesus gave this bread unto his disciples He would declare unto them that it was His body and that they needed to take and eat. It is with this in mind I invite you to consider the following words which are found in the fifteenth chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by the apostle Matthew in the fifteenth chapter:

 

            “Then Jesus called His disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way. And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude? And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven and a few little fishes. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full. And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children” (Matthew 15:32-38).

 

            If there is something we must needs pay close attention to when reading the passage of the feeding of the five thousand is that it was also written and expressed in the sixth chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by the apostle John. What we must needs understand when reading this particular passage is that it calls and draws our attention to something entirely different that would take place as a direct result of this miracle. As you read the words found in this passage of Scripture you can and will be brought face to face—not only with the feeding of the five thousand but also Jesus’ words unto the multitude of the Jews who followed Him after partaking of the bread which He had blessed and broken. Within this passage we not only find the Lord Jesus declaring unto those who came out of all the cities, towns and villages and followed Him to the other side that they did so because they partook of the loaves of the bread but he would also make other declarations that would offend a great number of them. Perhaps one of the greatest truths found in this passage of Scripture is not only how many were offended at the words of Jesus but perhaps how many had partaken of the loaves of bread which Jesus had blessed and broken and were offended at His words. Not only this but there were those who were offended with the words of the Lord Jesus and would turn back and walk no more with Him. Jesus would feed five thousand men not including women and children and yet within this passage we find a powerful narrative concerning the Lord Jesus and the blessing and breaking of bread—a truth that helps shine a great light on to the evening of the Passover. With this in mind I invite you to consider the following words which are found in the sixth chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by the apostle John beginning with the first verse:

 

            “After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias. And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. Nd the Passover, a feast of the Jews was nigh. 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. Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother said unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: But what are they among so many? And Jesus said, make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 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. 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. Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world” (John 6:1-14).

 

            Consider if you will the following words which are found in this same chapter beginning with the twenty-second verse:

 

            “The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto his disciples wer eentered, and that Jesus went not with his disciples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone away alone; (Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks) When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus. And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither? Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed” (John 6:22-27).

 

            If you keep reading the words found within this passage you will find the following words which describe the events after the Lord Jesus had fed the five thousand—and not only after the Lord Jesus had fed the five thousand but also after He went to the other side. Consider if you will the following words found in the sixth chapter of this New Testament gospel narrative beginning with the twenty-eighth verse:

 

            “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou the, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost thou work? Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus aid unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never be thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth. Me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not do do mine own will, bu t the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven? Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. NO man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father> Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth. My flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth. My flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum” (John 6:28-59).

 

            “Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I spake unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father” (John 6:60-66).

           

            “From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? HE spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve” (John 6:66-71).

 

            I am convinced it is absolutely necessary to pay attention to the words which are present in this passage of Scripture for they call and draw our attention to some key elements concerning the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand. The other three gospels don’t really provide the additional narrative which is found in this passage of Scripture for within it we are brought face to face with a strong link between the breaking of bread and the Passover. If you read the words which are found in the opening verses of this passage of Scripture you can and will be brought face to face with the wonderful truth surrounding the time of Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand being during and around the time of the Passover. There is something we must needs recognize and understand when reading this passage of Scripture for it calls and draws our attention to the reality of how this miracle of the blessing and breaking of bread was in fact performed at the time of the Passover. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this for it calls and draws our attention to the tremendous truth surrounding the blessing and breaking of bread and its direct link and connection to the Passover. There is something astonishing and remarkable about the words we see in this passage of Scripture for there appears to be this intrinsic link between the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand and the Passover—and not only the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand but also that which the Lord Jesus spoke unto those who were present during those days. The Lord Jesus would not only bless and break the bread before distributing it unto His disciples to give unto the crowd but He would also declare unto those who were present on the other side of the sea concerning the bread. In fact I am convinced that the words which the Lord Jesus spoke unto the crowd and multitude which was present on the other side of the sea provide us with a powerful glimpse and picture into the actual miracle of the feeding of the five thousand.

 

            When speaking unto the Jews which were in Capernaum the Lord Jesus would declare unto them that Moses gave them not the bread from heaven but how His Father gives them the true bread from heaven. The Lord Jesus would go on to declare that the bread of God is He which comes down from heaven and gives life unto the world. It is absolutely necessary we pay attention to these words for they call and draws our attention to that which the Lord is revealing and teaching. There is not only the miracle which was wrought through the blessing, breaking and giving of the loaves of bread but there were also the words which the Lord Jesus taught those who were present in Capernaum. If you continue reading you will find the Lord Jesus go on to declare how He was the bread of life and that He who came unto Him would never hunger and that He who believed on Him would never thirst. All of this would be followed by the Lord Jesus emphatically declaring that He was the bread which came down from heaven—and not only declare that He was the bread which came down from heaven but that no man could come unto Him except the Father which sent him draw Him. This is something we have a great need to hear for the Lord Jesus would declare that He who believes on Him has everlasting because he is indeed and is in fact the bread of life. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of the words which the Lord Jesus spoke unto those who were in Capernaum for He would go on to declare that their fathers did eat the manna in the wilderness and were dead, however, the bread which He spoke of came down from heaven that a man may eat thereof and not die. Jesus further declares that He was the living bread which came down from heaven that if any mean ate of that bread he would live for ever. Where Jesus took this after is what began the process of offense within the hearts and minds of those who were present. The Lord Jesus would indeed declare that He was the bread which came down from heaven but He would then take it to the place where He declares that the bread which He gave would be his flesh which He would give for the life of the world.

 

            Please don’t miss and lose sight of the words which are found in this passage of Scripture for what would begin with the Lord Jesus declaring that He was the bread which came down from would transition to His declaring that the bread which He gave would be His flesh which would be given for the life of the world. Jesus would proceed to declare that except they ate the flesh of the Son of man and drank His blood they would have no life in them. This would be followed by His declaring that whoever ate his flesh and drank his blood had everlasting life and He would raise him up at the last day. Jesus would further declare that His flesh was meat indeed and that his blood was drink indeed. Oh it is absolutely necessary that we recognize and understand that which is found in this passage of Scripture for the words which we find here calls and draws our attention to the tremendous truth surrounding the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand—and not only the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand but the miracle of the impartation. Within this passage we are brought face to face with the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand and how those who were present would eat and be filled to the full with fragments of the bread left over. How absolutely incredible it is to read the words which are found here in this passage and to come face to face with Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand with physical bread as Moses fed the fathers in the wilderness with manna and yet there was something so much greater that was at work in this passage of Scripture. That which we find in this passage of Scripture not only brings us face to face with the feeding of the five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fish but Jesus going on to declare that He Himself was the bread which came down from heaven and the bread which would provide life to the world.

 

            JESUS WOULD BE THAT ONE WHO WAS BLESSED AND BROKEN! BLESSING AND BREAKING HIMSELF! WHAT TOOK PLACE DURING THE MIRACLE OF THE FEEDING OF THE FIVE THOUSAND? THE MIRACLE OF IMPARTING HIMSELF! JESUS BLESSED THE BREAD AND BROKE IT AND YET I CAN’T HELP BUT GET THE STRONG SENSE THAT HE WAS GIVING OF HIMSELF! JESUS GAVE PHYSICAL AND NATURAL BREAD AND YET THAT WHICH HE WAS TRULY SEEKING TO OFFER WAS HIMSELF! I cannot help but read the words which are found within this particular passage and think about that which the Lord Jesus declared unto the disciples at the Last Supper as they celebrated the Passover. At the table that night the Lord Jesus would declare concerning the bread which He blessed and broke that it was His body which was broken for them. What’s more is that not only did the Lord Jesus declare concerning the bread that it was His body which was blessed and broken for them but He also instructed them to take and eat. Oh there is something truly unique about the words which we find in this passé of Scripture for when you consider it in light of that which is presented in the fifteenth chapter of the gospel narrative written by the apostle Matthew as well as that which was written by the apostle John in the sixth chapter you get the strong sense that there is a connection between the two events. I do not believe it is any coincidence that Jesus fed five thousand men not including women and children at the time of the Passover—not only because He was moved with compassion concerning them but also because it was a sign which would point to the ultimate Passover which was Himself. Oh there would be no lamb that was slaughtered when Jesus fed the five thousand, however, there would be bread which was blessed and broken. There in the midst of that place Jesus would take the loaves of bread, would bless and break it before giving it unto His disciples. This is something we dare not and must not miss and lose sight of for it calls and draws our attention to that which the Lord Jesus was really doing on this particular occasion.

            I sit here today thinking about and considering the words present in this passage of Scripture and I am brought face to face with the incredibly awesome truth surrounding Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand and how He fed them with five loaves of bread which He blessed and brake before distributing it unto his disciples to give unto the people. We must needs recognize and understand this for I can’t help but encounter the strong reality of the Lord Jesus blessing and breaking the bread which would feed the multitude was a powerful sign and symbol of His own body which would be blessed and broken by the Father for the life of countless billions throughout time over the past two thousand years. This is something we must needs recognize and understand for Jesus would take the loaves of bread which was given unto Him and would bless and break it that the multitude might be filled. Oh on this particular occasion around the Passover five thousand men would be fed to the full with bread which the Lord Jesus had blessed and broken and yet I can’t help but think about and consider the fact that not only did this point to the ultimate Passover bread which would be blessed and broken by the Father when Jesus hung there suspended between earth and sky. Not only this but there is a part of me that can’t help but think about the fact that this feeding of the five thousand with five loaves of bread which was blessed and broken would indeed be a symbol of the ultimate Passover bread which would be broken during the suffering the Lord Jesus would face as He would be beaten, flogged and scourged by the Roman soldiers in the Praetorium. Oh there is a great for us to recognize and pay close attention to this for it calls and draws our attention a tremendous truth surrounding the Lord Jesus Christ and His feeding of the five thousand on this particular occasion around the time of the Passover.

 

            We know that at the table in the upper room during the Passover the Lord Jesus would take the bread and bless and break it before distributing it unto the disciples. What’s more is the Lord Jesus would declare concerning this bread that it was His body which was broken for them—something that bears a strong connection to the words which the Lord Jesus spoke unto the crowds which followed and pursued Him after He had fed them with the five loaves of bread and the two fishes. You will recall and understand that when the crowd followed the Lord Jesus on the other side of the sea Jesus declared unto them that they did not follow and pursue Him because of the miracles He performed but because they partook of the bread which He had fed them with. What’s more is that Jesus would go on to declare that He had fed them with physical bread but that He was indeed the bread which came down from heaven. Not only this but the Lord Jesus would declare unto them that His body and His flesh was meat indeed and that His blood was drink indeed. In addition to this—as if this weren’t enough—the Lord Jesus would declare unto the crowd on that day that unless they ate His flesh and drank His blood they would have no part in Him and would not have eternal life. Oh please don’t miss the incredible importance of what is found here for it calls and draws our attention to the incredible truth surrounding the Lord Jesus’ words unto the multitude on this particular day. The Lord Jesus would declare unto those whom He had fed with the loaves of bread that He was the bread which came down from heaven that those who partook of it might have eternal life. It is with this being said I can’t help but think about something which up until the time of this writing I had never seen in Scripture. I read the words which are found in this passage of Scripture and I am brought face to face with the tremendous and incredible reality that when the Lord Jesus fed the five thousand with those loaves of bread He didn’t merely feed them with physical bread but He also fed them of Himself.

 

            WHEN THE BREAD OF LIFE GIVES LIFE TO BREAD! I sit here today reading these words and I can’t help but be brought face to face with the fact that Jesus started with five loaves of bread which He would bless before beginning to break it and distribute it unto the disciples that they might in turn give it unto the multitudes. There is not a doubt in my mind that Jesus did indeed perform a miracle in multiplying those loaves of bread as He would give it unto the disciples to distribute it unto the crowds. What I can’t help but think about and consider is how many times Jesus broke and continued to break those loaves of bread. Stop and think about how many times those five loaves of bread would need to be broken that it might be given unto the disciples for five thousand men to be fed. What’s more is stop and consider how many times the Lord Jesus would need to break that bread that this crowd might be fed to the full and twelve baskets of the fragments be gathered up after all had their full. I am trying to wrap my head around and conceive this within my own mind and not only how many times the Lord Jesus had broken that bread but also how long it took Him to break and continue breaking that bread that He might feed the five thousand which were present.

 

            With this being said I find myself thinking about the fact that the Lord Jesus undoubtedly fed the multitude with more than simply loaves of bread which He had blessed and broken. This particular occasion around the time of the Passover would indeed be the first time the Lord Jesus would bless and break bread before giving it unto others. There would be a second time when the Lord Jesus would bless and break bread and give it unto the massages that four thousand would be fed. How absolutely incredible this truly is when you take the time to think about it for with both of these occasions the Lord Jesus fed nine thousand men not including women and children. Oh I would dare say that if you added the women and the children on these particular occasions the Lord Jesus fed more than ten thousand from the loaves of bread (and the fishes) which were given unto Him. What’s more is that if you consider the words the Lord Jesus would speak unto the multitude who followed Him to the other side of the sea as well as the words He had spoken unto His disciples on the night of the Passover when He would once again bless and break bread you will find the Lord Jesus declaring unto His disciples that this bread was His body which was broken for them—and not only them but also for the world and all those who would come after them. Of course we know and understand that the physical and natural bread which Jesus gave to the disciples was not His actual body, however, we know from the words which are found in the sixth chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by the apostle John that Jesus was the bread which came down from heaven and that unless men partook of and ate of His flesh which like bread was blessed and broken for them they would have no life.

 

            I find myself being absolutely gripped and captivated with the words of this passage of Scripture and how the loaves of bread which the Lord Jesus fed the multitude with was more than simply loaves of bread for as He broke and continued breaking it He was giving of Himself. There is not a doubt in my mind that as the Lord Jesus was breaking that bread He was indeed giving of Himself unto the crowds and unto the multitude. Oh I would dare say that no one on these two occasions recognized and/or even thought about this absolutely incredible truth as it was taking place. It would be very easy to read the words which are found in this passage of Scripture and simply look at it through the physical and natural lens. Of course we know there was indeed a miracle which took place on this particular occasion and of course we know that Jesus fed the crowds and multitude with actual loaves of bread, however, I believe there is something greater that took place on this particular occasion. I am absolutely convinced that what we witnessed and beheld on this particular occasion is Jesus feeding the crowds and multitude with actual physical loaves of bread but He was also feeding them with so much. More. There is not a doubt in my mind that on this particular occasion the Lord Jesus was not only breaking the loaves of bread but was actually giving of Himself as well. ON this particular occasion the Lord Jesus would not be broken nor would His flesh be torn to shreds by the Romans, however, I would dare say that the Lord Jesus on this particular occasion would indeed give of Himself unto the crowd and multitude. I believe that Jesus fed the crowd with more than simply loaves of bread for as He multiplied the bread in His hands and gave it unto the crowds He was actually giving of Himself.

 

            Pause for a moment and consider something concerning the feeding of the five thousand—and not only the feeding of the five thousand but also the feeding of the four thousand. As I sit here this morning thinking about and writing these words I can’t help but be brought face to face with the fact that as the Lord Jesus broke these loaves of bread and began giving it unto His disciples to distribute unto the crowd and multitude He was giving of Himself. Imagine how on both of these occasions Jesus didn’t merely give of physical and natural bread but actually gave of Himself. What if as Jesus was breaking the loaves of bread and giving it unto the disciples He was actually infusing the bread with His own life and with His own nature. What if on both of these occasions the Lord Jesus was giving more than just loaves of bread but was actually giving of Himself that the crowds and masses might be filled to the full? We know that Jesus blessed and broke the loaves of bread and would begin distributing it unto the crowds and multitude, however, there is a part of me that can’t help but think about the incredible reality of the Lord Jesus giving of Himself unto the crowds and multitude that they might be fed to the full. We know that Jesus would give of His physical and natural body through suffering and death that countless millions—if not countless billions—of men, women and children might have everlasting life. With this being said I would dare say that what we witness on both of these occasions is a powerful picture of what the Lord Jesus would do on a greater and larger scale at the cross. On this first occasion Jesus would feed five thousand from five loaves of bread while on the second occasion Jesus would feed four thousand from seven loaves of bread. When it came to the cross upon which He suffered and died, however, I would dare say the Lord Jesus would feed countless more by, from and through His flesh which was broken that they might have eternal and everlasting life.

 

As I bring this writing to a close I find it absolutely necessary to call and draw your attention to the Passover meal and this night in which Jesus would be betrayed. On this particular night the Lord Jesus would take bread and once more bless and break it before giving it unto His disciples. What’s more is that on this particular night the Lord Jesus would declare unto His disciples that this bread represented His body which would be broken for them. Jesus would instruct them to take and eat that they might have part in Him and that they might have everlasting life. Perhaps the single greatest truth we must needs ask ourselves when reading these words is whether or not we are going to be those people who partake of the bread of life which was broken for the remission of sins. Will we as the saints of God and the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ partake of the body which was broken as well as the blood which was shed—and not only partake of them but continue to partake of them. Oh I do not believe that it was just once that we partook of the broken body of the Lord Jesus and the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ for we continue to dine and feast on the bread and the wine—the flesh and the blood of the Lord Jesus that we might indeed have eternal life. Oh that we would indeed be those who would make the conscious and deliberate decision to partake and continue to partake of the body and the blood of the Lord Jesus that we might indeed be those who have eternal life by, in and through Him. Let us be those who willingly and deliberately partake of the body and the flesh of the Lord Jesus that we might indeed be those who inherit and partake of eternal and everlasting life.

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