Jesus came, not only to save us, but also to change our minds about who we are and can be in Him, to set us free from the world’s limitations..
"So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36
Free from what? Free from the imposed limits and unbelief of a religious spirit.
A religious spirit will always limit us to; “This is not possible.” “God can’t do that.” “God won’t do for us.” Or “I can’t do that!”
He came to declare that all things are possible with him.
“Come follow me and I will make you…” Matthew 4:19
It must have been a great mystery for them — someone who has the power to heal the sick, confront the religious system of a nation, alter the course of nature, and raise the dead—someone who rather than being with the movers and shakers in mansions and the places of power— chooses them to be with him, work with him, eat with him, laugh with him, rest with him.
It must have been a puzzle why he had even called them, they, who have nothing to offer.
Not unlike us, they continually struggled with their distorted identity, and its imposed limitations.
While the disciples clung to their limitations, Jesus was building in them a foundation for the belief that the impossible is possible.
And always the people came. Hunger always draws them. Where Jesus is, there is healing, life, deliverance. It did not matter where he went; the crowds found him and followed.
And now they followed into a desolate place, the place of no provision. (A distressful place of great limitations, a place we may hate, nevertheless a place we desperately need for growth.)
"Lord, send the crowds away, so that they can get something to eat."
They knew what hunger can do. There was no food, it was a valid concern.
Jesus is not concerned. This becomes another opportunity for teaching and disarming the mindset of limitations. While they struggle with;
“This situation is impossible!”
“We can’t help them!”
“We have no resources!”
“Send them away!”
“Let them fend for themselves.”
Jesus draws them out of their limitations and back to his reality with a challenge that will rock their reliance on their own understanding.
“You feed them!”