Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”
So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left. Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.
Now I do not believe that what is going on at the feeding of the five-thousand, or of the four thousand, is a direct pointing to what is going on here at the Table. I do believe that there is some prefiguring of the Gentiles who are going to come to the feast and will recline at table with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob.
There is something here. We come here, all of us, with some kind of burden. Wisdom teeth out. Work difficulties. Strains in our homes. Strains in our relationships. And I know…here I am going to generalize from myself…I know that there are points in time when we come here and we feel that we are just totally and completely wrung out. And we come here in expectation…we come here to sit at the feet of a sitting King who can do something about it.
And what that sitting King says is…I have compassion on the multitude. I have compassion on My Church. I don’t want them to faint on the way. So He sets before you…bread. He sets before you wine. He sets before you food…and that which is given to gladden the hearts of men.
And were that not enough, what He calls you to, as you look at this, is to look beyond it. Because this is a sign…of the fact that that sitting King…who now sits enthroned in heaven…who ever intercedes for us before our Father…that He has done for us all that we need. As we look at His mighty works, this points us to the mightiest work of all. And He says “Look on this mighty work…and let is strengthen your heart.”
Paul writes this…
For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
You proclaim, brothers and sisters in Christ, that Jesus Christ has come…that Jesus Christ has compassion…that the blessing is going to flow as far as the curse is found.