A Meal Fit for a King (John 6:1-21)

Speaker: Rev. Jon Herr
Date: 7/29/2018
Type: Sunday Sermon
Topic: Bread
Price: FREE


The account of the “Feeding of the 5000” in St. Mark’s Gospel gives us a detail that St. John doesn’t give us. St. Mark writes that after the 5 loaves and 2 fish were brought to Jesus, He “commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties.”

In Exodus, the people of Israel are grouped similarly, with chiefs over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. It’s not hard to catch the image of Jesus—the true tabernacle—in the wilderness, surrounded by the encampment of companies of 50s and 100s, feeding His people miraculously with the bread from heaven.

Today we are God’s people; His Body; His Church; His Bride; His Nation; and Hisarmy. We’ve reclined as a “company” around His table, and been fed by His Word and His gracious gifts of bread and wine: made miraculous by His Holy Spirit, but also by the greater fact that all things are upheld by the word of His power.

Having been filled by His hand, we go now to continue following Him. Maybe we go to calm seas under sunny skies. Maybe we go to windy and stormy seas under clouds. But in either case, our God holds all of creation in His hands.

And He is no stranger to trampling the raging waves under His feet.


Jon Herr Jon Herr (MATS, Reformed Theological Seminary; BS Bible, Philadelphia Biblical University) is Pastor of Christ Covenant Church of Chicago (CREC). Previously he served as a deacon and ministerial student at All Saints Church (CREC, Lancaster PA). He and his wife Jackie live in East Dundee, Illinois with their two daughters and two sons.