A miracle in a desolate place (Matthew 16; Mark 8; Luke 9:18-27)

And his disciples answered him, “How can one feed these people with bread here in this desolate place?” Mark 8:4

Sometimes you and I are robbed of the impact of a moment in time because of our familiarity with the details.  For example, “How many times have you and I read the story  of Jesus feeding the 4000?”

The story is of a miracle in a desolate place.

The word, “desolate” speaks of a place where there are zero resources to meet the needs of those who find themselves in this place.  The weight of the word leaves its reader feeling the helplessness and hopelessness of the place.

Question:  “Do you know of anyone in a desolate place?”

It is to this place where Jesus brings His disciples and it is to this place where Jesus teaches thousands of people.  Take a moment brothers and sisters, “step into the crowd.  Feel the emotion, look at the sweat, rub shoulders with the people, and listen to the voice of God.”

Be honest, this is impossible apart from a miracle.  Brothers and sisters, “God works miracles in desolate places.”  Here are three points of interest in this desolate moment:

  • Compassion leads us to care about those who find themselves in desolate moments.
  • Short-sightedness leads us to reason away the possibility of miracles in desolate places.
  • Christ-centeredness leads us to a faith-centered life that experiences miracles in desolate places.

Jesus works an amazing miracle in this hopeless place.  Pay attention now, the guy to your left is leaning back full and at ease.  The lady to your left is in praise mode because her children are no longer hungry.  The people in front of you are refreshed and in tears.  The miracle is all around you.

Question:  “Did you receive the miracle as well?”

The answer to this question, brings us back to this moment in time!!!  A few verses later Jesus and Peter are having a private conversation.  Here are Jesus words to Him: “Peter you are not mindful of the things of God, but of the things of men.”

Here is the deal.  When our mind is focused on God things, compassion leads to a faith that sees the miracle.  Oh that this would be our mindset in this day!!!

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