Do you ever find yourself asking, who is Jesus? Do you wonder how He can take the impossibilities in your life and make them possible for His glory? In this message, Alistair examines a very familiar passage in which we learn about the identity of Christ and His power to touch and change lives forever.
30The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. 31And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. 33Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. 35And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. 36Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” 37But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii6 worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” 38And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” 39Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. 41And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. 42And they all ate and were satisfied. 43And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish.
13Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns.
In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
The Church is often confronted with the challenge of losing the centrality of the gospel in its mission – of becoming a marina instead of a lifeboat station. Primarily it exists to introduce unbelieving men and women to the saving power of Jesus Christ. The Gospel records tell us that Jesus repeatedly talked about doing the work of His Father, which was to provide payment for sin and breathe spiritual life in all who believe. As a result, those who are spiritually blind and live in darkness might have their eyes opened and become witnesses to His powerful light. Jesus performed great signs, ultimately, not so people would be amazed, but rather so they might believe and in believing they might have eternal life.
But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
In this series Alistair Begg leads us through several unique and transforming encounters that people had with Jesus – the Light of the World. He exposed their real problem: the darkness of their sin and their need for forgiveness and a Savior. As you listen you will discover that their problem is universal and Jesus provides the only solution that brings conversion. How can the Church remember her mission and point people to the penetrating searchlight of Jesus Christ so that all may find life in His name? Find out when you listen to “A Light in the Darkness”.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9
|Go and Tell Them||Mark 5:1-20|
|You Give Them Something to Eat||Mark 6:30-43 Matthew 14:13|
|Come See a Man, Part One||John 4:27-42|
|Come See a Man, Part Two||John 4:27-42|
|This Dark World's Light||John 9:1-7|
|Blind from Birth||John 9:8-12|
|Why Don't You Ask Him?||John 9:13-23|
|Do You Believe..., Part One||John 9:24-38|
|Do You Believe..., Part Two||John 9:35-38|
|Lord, I Believe||John 9:38|
|Are We Blind Too?||John 9:39-41|