Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 02-AUG-2020 - 11.00 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Pentecost 9 – While Jesus was ministering to crowds of people in the town, some disciples of his cousin John the baptiser had to pass on the news that John had been murdered during the birthday party of the local Roman ruler, Herod Antipas. On receiving the news Jesus left the town and went by boat to a deserted place, quite alone. But crowds of people followed him around the lake on foot, and when Jesus saw them he had pity on them and set about curing their sick. There was a catering problem at the end of the day: Jesus did not want the crowds to walk back home on empty stomachs, but when he told his disciples to feed the people themselves they could find nothing more than a few scraps of bread and a few fish. Jesus told them, "Bring them to me." With actions that have become familiar to Christians ever since, Jesus took the scraps of bread, he blessed them with prayer, he broke them into pieces, and he gave the broken pieces of bread to the disciples. The disciples distributed the bread to a crowd of well over five thousand hungry people, and every person in that crowd was able to enjoy a satisfying meal. The connection between this story and that of the Last Supper is plain. For the very first Christians, the story's significance was profound. To gain much more insight than you'll ever get from this outline, please listen to Greg!
Matthew 14: 13-21

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