Jesus knew the solution before asking the question: “Philip, where can we find enough bread to feed this crowd” (John 6:5)? How would Philip answer? He had watched Christ work miracles but now, challenged with 5000 hungry people, Philip lamented, “[Lord,] eight months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite” (7). Does it seem strange that one of the 12 Apostles perceived a problem was greater than the Omnipotent Christ? Don’t be too judgmental because few people can plead exemption from this. The story continues as Andrew stumbles into the scene. He had found a boy with five loaves and two fish, but even while presenting the boy and his meager findings to the Master Andrew seems embarrassed and blurts out: “But what is this for so many people” (9)? At this point, the Apostles were in disarray having more questions than answers. And is so often the case, this scene shows the significance of bewilderment: Crisis creates questions!
The Bible records 3294 questions. The Four Gospels contain 522 and, by far, Jesus had asked the most! It’s not coincidental that the monumental moments of Christ’s life emerged with monumental questions. And the reason is obvious: Jesus is the Answer in all situations! This story of bread and fish terminates by revealing how Christ’s simple touch can create abundance from a little boy’s lunch. And so it is, in every situation Christ triumphs! He can answer lack with plenty; sorrow with gladness; sickness with health; blindness with sight; and ultimately He will subdue death with a resurrection.
Always remember the Biblical pattern of humbly questioning God: “Why do the nations rage and the people imagine a vain thing” (Psalm 2:1)? “Why are you downcast, O my soul” (Psalm 43:5)? “How long, O Lord” (Psalm 6:3)? “Teacher, do You not care that we perish” (Mark 4:38)? Back and forth the questions flow throughout the Bible. Thousands of them! Thus, if you are sincere about getting an answer from “The Answer,” then dare to question Him. That’s because your questions don’t push God away, they pull you in.
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