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Day Ten

After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of
Tiberias. And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he
was doing on the sick. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his
disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. Lifting up his eyes,
then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip,
“Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” He said this to test him, for
he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii[a]
worth of bread would not be enough 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 for so many?” Jesus said, “Have the
people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about
five thousand in number. Jesus then 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.
And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover
fragments, that nothing may be lost.” So they gathered them up and filled twelve
baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten.
John 6:1-13

Are you a fan or a follower? Kyle Idleman, pastor of Southeast Christian Church in
Louisville, Kentucky writes, “Fans don’t mind him doing a little touch-up work, but
Jesus wants complete renovation. Fans come to Jesus thinking tune-up, but Jesus is
thinking overhaul. Fans think a little makeup is fine, but Jesus is thinking makeover.
Fans think a little decorating is required, but Jesus wants a complete remodel. Fans
want Jesus to inspire them, but Jesus wants to interfere with their lives.” It is so easy to
become a fair-weather fan of Christianity rather than a follower. Do you know any
fair-weather fans? It’s hard to watch a UT game with fair-weather fans.

Jesus had the problem of fair-weather fans. His crowds were getting larger and larger as
Jesus preached. They saw some of the miracles that Jesus was doing, and they wanted to
see more. Then came a day in which Jesus had been preaching for quite a while. It was
getting late in the day and people didn’t have any food. The stores were closing. The
disciples suggested to Jesus that he end the meeting and send the people home. Jesus
suggested that the disciples give the people something to eat. They let Jesus know that
buying that much food was out of the question. There were over 5,000 men besides the
women and children present. Not only did they not have that kind of money, the
logistics were a nightmare to get that much food out there in the wilderness.
Jesus told them to check and see what was available. Andrew said, “there’s a little boy
here with five small barley loaves and two fish, but that’s not going to go very far.” Jesus
said, “have the people sit down in groups of hundreds and fifties. Jesus then took the
food, looked up toward heaven, gave thanks, and broke the loaves. Each of the disciples
had a basket. Jesus filled their baskets and sent them out among the people. Instantly
when bread was removed, it multiplied itself again.
Everybody ate until they were satisfied and there were still 12 baskets of food leftover. I
would propose to you this morning that the miracle was not in the loaves and fish to
feed over 5,000 men and women, but the miracle was in the 12 baskets of food leftover
because everyone had their fill of fish. The miracle is in the leftovers. There were 12
baskets of food for 12 disciples to take with them on their midnight journey across the
lake in a boat. Take your fair-weather fan hats to Jesus this morning. Take your fair-weather fan needs to Jesus this morning. Let Jesus transform your fair-weather fan heart into a follower of the cross. God is in the business of restoring fair weather fans’
hearts for His glory.