“And they began discussing with one another, saying, ‘It is because we have no bread.’” (St. Mark 8:16)
In the name of Jesus. Jesus has compassion on the four thousand who were following Him and feeds them. He feeds them with seven loaves of bread and a few fish and had seven baskets of leftovers.
His people don’t get it. They return home. The disciples marvel, then despair later when they only have one loaf of bread to feed themselves. And the Pharisees? They ask for a sign!
God fed His people--just like He did in the wilderness with the children of Israel. Isn’t that enough of a sign? This is why Jesus warns the disciples to beware of the leaven--the false doctrine--of the Pharisees. But, the disciples don’t hear Him. They are too busy wondering how they will eat with just one loaf. It’s painful! Don’t you just want to cringe? God is in front of them. He’s the One who is feeding them. He’s doing signs and wonders for them despite their unbelief. Argh! Why won’t they believe?
Before you judge them, you don’t get it either. You think you do, but you really don’t. You doubt every day. You doubt that God will forgive your sins; that He is going to tend and care for you. You doubt that He will get you out of the messes you make for yourself and so you make more messes for yourself while you try to get out of the mess you’ve made of yourself.
His miracles are all around you--you deny them. He’s good to you and you ask Him if He will ever do good to you. Didn’t He save you from all that you needed saving from in Christ? Then, He rescued you from calamity after calamity. He saves you from things you don’t even know He’s saved you from! Why don’t you get it?
Jesus has compassion--on the crowd and on you. He knows you are starving to believe in Him, hungry for Him to save you, desperate to cling to Him alone for your salvation.
Don’t just give up not getting it today. No, confess that you don’t get all that He does for you in Jesus. Confess that you don’t trust that, because of what Jesus did for you on the Cross, God isn’t just good,, He’s going to be good for you and to you. Believe that He’s going to save you--from your sins and from your not getting it.
Jesus has salvation for you--salvation that lasts. Find it this Sunday in the Holy Supper. Watch Jesus take bread, break it, and give it to you. Receive the Body and Blood of the One who saves you--even when you don’t get it. Have all your sins forgiven at His Supper.
Then, with eyes open, look around you and see all that God is doing for you. He has saved you in Christ. He will save you. Just watch the compassion God has for you in Christ. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.