Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” -John 6:1-7 NRSV

Jesus fame is spreading. People are hearing about the healing of the man by the pool of Beth-zatha and how Jesus has challenged the religious leaders about healing on the Sabbath. Large crowds follow him in hopes that they might get a glimpse of a miracle. People so want to see a miracle. Their lives are hard and they want to know that God is alive.

Philip is such a person needing to see the power of God. One needing to see life with inner eyes. Needing to see things invisible to his outer senses. Jesus challenges him but Philip can only see a solution with his head. I so resonate with Philip. I rarely factor the power of God into my answers. I so want to see a miracle but cannot get past earthly thinking.

Open the eyes of my heart Lord that I might see you and understand your workings in my life.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John.

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