After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias.…
The five loaves were almost nonentities, but He nevertheless took them. Jesus appears always to have acted on the same principle. He used what came to hand. What man could do, man must do. As far as Nature could go, Nature must perform her part. He came in where man and nature stopped. See how, at this moment, God is dealing with every one of us. He. has wrought for us a free and perfect salvation, by no merit, by no act of ours. He requires in you repentance and faith. True, they both come from Him, so did "the five loaves," they came from Him. But you must give to Him first a willing and free act of your own. He "takes the loaves"; and then, over and above He feeds your soul and makes it live for ever and ever by the bread of life. You have a little grace. A mere nothing compared to what is wanting; to what it might have been if you had used well what God had given you. But God has given you something. You have some good desires, convictions of sin, power to pray, and to deny yourself, sparkles of love. Do you want this to become more? Then put what you can into Christ's hands constantly and the transforming and magnifying will multiply it. You have some thoughts, feelings, powers, capacities, actions, which you can now in a solemn way give to Jesus. Consecrate them. Do not say, "Oh, I have not got anything worth the giving; it is of no use at all." Give Him the little, and he qill make it much.
(J. Vaughan, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias.