Youth & Family Study:
Jesus works with 'next to nothing'
Hi dear friends!
I pray this finds you well in mind, body and spirit.
The Gospel for this week is Matthew's account of Jesus feeding the 5,000. Most of us have heard this story so many times our eyes and mind kind of glaze over it. However, the context in which it falls in Matthew, is what I want us to focus on this week.
The Matthew account comes immediately after Jesus' rejection in his hometown of Nazareth and the death of his dear friend, John the Baptist. To put it plainly and simply, Jesus is sad and grieving.
As we've heard throughout the parables over the past few weeks and again today, Jesus often works with 'next to nothing'. Jesus compares the Kingdom to a mustard seed and a small portion of yeast, Jesus feeds 5,000 with only five loaves of bread and two fish. We don't hear of Jesus working with those who wield the most power or those with the most money on some sort of shock and awe agenda. Jesus works with and through the lost, lonely, broken and marginalized to do GREAT things, if we only pay attention.
-Talk about a time you experienced God use something small or seemingly insignificant to do something GREAT.
Sending my love to you all.
Please let me know what I can do to help and support you and your youth.