Jesus can do it
John 6: 5-7 “When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. 7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
Two crowds of people separated by history. Following two deliverers. Moses was not the Messiah, he would only write about him, “If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me.” (5:46)
But during the Moses years the crowd miraculously found food and the story was still etched in the minds of the 5,000 men plus women and children following Jesus. He knew the connection, the parallel stories and he knew that just as God tested His people in the wilderness so he must begin to test the hearts of those following him.
The test to Philip is a simple question. Philip is from this area (1:44) and is asked, “Where can we buy food?”
The one who has already turned water into wine asks Philip where they can get food.
Here is the right answer: “Lord you know you are able to provide.”
But Philip thought only in terms of how.
He did not understand the identity of Jesus. If only what he had said previously had truly changed him at this point, ““We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph” (1:45). He had found Jesus but not understood what that meant.
Today it may feel there is a great crowd pressing on you, expectations and hopes that you will be able to provide what they are wanting from you. How will I get through this? What will I do? Where do I go?
The question is still the same: who is Jesus?
Can you resist coming up with your own ideas?
Can you turn to the one you are following and realise Jesus can?