Glorifying Jesus

John 6:1-14 “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. And 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, saith 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.”

Text John 6:14 “when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.”

Having not only seen the miracle of Jesus, but having been satisfied by it, the people came to this conclusion, “Jesus must be the one sent by God” Jesus was glorified before the eyes of the world because this lad gave so that Jesus could work a miracle! Jesus is glorified in our giving! Notice the season of giving, “There is a lad.” Being a young person, I’m sure he didn’t possess a great reservoir wealth, but at that season in his life, he did have a lunch. The lad gave what he had in the present rather than wait for a larger amount in the future. Are our present possessions at His disposal? Secondly, there is the sacrifice of giving, “barley loaves, and two small fishes.” It is not the size, but the sacrifice that counts, the lad gave it all! David said, “neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the Lord  my God of that which doth cost me nothing” (II Samuel 24:24). The lad held nothing back for himself. Lastly, there is the sufficiency of giving, “they were filled.” What Jesus had to offer was not just enough to get by, it was sufficient to satisfy all that were there and still have twelve baskets of fragments left over. If you will give what you have, when you have it, it will always be sufficient to meet the need! Jesus was glorified when a little lad placed his all in the hands of Jesus. Is what you have to offer glorifying Jesus?