Creator, Sustainer, Lord of All

Can you imagine what it would have been like to be one of the twelve Jesus chose or one of those others who followed after Jesus?

It must have been amazing, awe-inspiring, and frightening all at the same time.

Jesus performed many miracles, but two of those seemed particularly to have touched His followers. When Jesus fed the 5,000, He met the needs of people for food to eat and someone to care. He also reminded the people of His day of Moses who gave the people manna in the wilderness.

This miracle was so meaningful that it is the only miracle found in all four gospels. In addition to being in the four gospels, there are two other allusions as well.

The second miracle followed immediately after the feeding of the 5,000 when Jesus came to the disciples by walking on the sea. This miracle is found in three of the four gospels.

What did the disciples gain from these mighty works of Jesus?

First, they saw that Jesus was the Lord of nature and over the natural world. They also saw His desire to meet the needs of people. It was Jesus who challenged the disciples to give the people something to eat. He then fed the thousands so that they were satisfied (a rare occurrence of the people of Israel in that day) with plenty to spare.

Paul received the truth of the Christ, the Son of God. “For in him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold told together” (Colossians 1:16-17). No wonder the disciples were amazed as He came walking on the water, and no wonder the disciples saw Him as the Lord of creation. In Him, all things were created.

Second, the disciples saw how the Lord worked in His created order. He was not apart from the creation–His creation–but working within it. “In him all things hold together.”

In His mighty works of nature they saw that He was divine. They proclaimed, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

No doubt, they had to have thought of the words of the Psalm: “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1). But as they watched Him show Himself as the Creator and Sustainer of the world order, they saw Him as the Son of God.

May we see the Lord as Creator and Sustainer and may we worship Him as Lord of all.

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One Comment

  1. The Millers
    Mar 01, 2018

    The Scriptures you’ve shared are precious to me.
    A search for Creator, Sustainer, Lord of All yields much to read and ponder.
    Abundant reassurance!
    Thank you!

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