March Madness falls right in the middle of the Christian season of Lent this year. Lent is the 40 days (not including Sundays) between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. It is a time when Christians prepare for Easter by focusing on spiritual growth through prayer, study, and focus. Will take the challenge to make a 3-pointer for March Madness/Lent by focusing on prayer, study, and service? Jesus was committed to all three. Today, let's look at one story about how he served.
Slides – Matthew 14:13-21
13 As soon as Jesus heard the news, he left in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where he was headed and followed on foot from many towns. 14 Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
15 That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.”
16 But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.”
17 “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered.
18 “Bring them here,” he said. 19 Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people. 20 They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. 21 About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children!
We Want to WithdrawServing is not just something we do on Sunday or every now and then. We are called to live a life of service. Jesus is our Lord, our Savior, and our example. He lived his life as a living sacrifice—serving people everywhere he went.
You might think, “Well sure, he was Jesus. It was easy for him.” Jesus was God, but he was also human. He got tired. He got frustrated. He dealt with feelings of depression and sadness and loneliness just like everyone does. I think this story is a perfect example and it’s the reason I decided to read the story from the Gospel of Matthew today instead of Luke. Matthew really emphasizes something important that’s going on in Jesus’ life. You see, we usually focus on the miracle of how Jesus fed 5,000 people and skip right over something very personal going on in Jesus’ life.
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