A Greater Depth in our
Wade E Taylor
"And a great multitude followed Him, because they
saw His miracles which He did on them that were
diseased" John 6:2.
When they became extremely hungry, the disciples wanted to
send the multitude into the village for food, but Jesus said
they were to feed them. They reported that they had only enough
to feed themselves.
One of the disciples mentioned that a lad was present who
had with him five loaves and two fishes. Jesus took this limited
supply and multiplied it until all were fed to the full, with
twelve full baskets left over.
There is within in this report of the feeding of the multitude
a truth that is far deeper than appears on the surface. Through
these specific numbers, Jesus is telling His disciples that
something of eternal, lasting importance has taken place.
Within this is a principle that has an application for the
last days. This speaks of an extremely limited ability and
supply in the presence of tremendous need. Yet, when placed
in the hands of Jesus, every need is met.
This multitude had been fed the best meal they had ever eaten.
Yet several hours later they again became hungry and returned,
looking for another meal. Rather than again feeding them,
Jesus spoke a word of correction that they were seeking on
the level of their temporal needs, when they should be seeking
on a higher level for eternal values.
"Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but
for that meat which endureth unto everlasting
life, which the Son of man shall give unto
you" John 6:27a.
Later, He offered that which would eternally satisfy them.
"Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily,
I say unto you, except ye eat the flesh of
the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have
no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and
drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I
will raise him up at the last day. For my
flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink
indeed" John 6:53-55.
They had returned looking for another meal that would satisfy
their stomachs, and were willing to take Him by force to make
Him their King. They had received something that cost them
nothing, and openly sought for more. Yet when Jesus offered
them His very life, they scorned Him and left.
"The Jews therefore strove among themselves,
saying, How can this man give us His flesh
to eat? ... many therefore of His disciples,
when they had heard this, said, This is an
hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus
knew in Himself that His disciples murmured
at it, He said unto them, Doth this offend
you?" John 6:52, 60-61.
Even today, many will respond to a ministry on the level
of "loaves and fishes" and become excited about
the "multiplication" of limited resources. But they
do not have ears to hear His Words in the deeper vein of eternal
life and purpose.
Jesus had fully met their need. But when He attempted to
lift them into a higher realm of truth by telling them that
He Himself was the loaf from heaven, the "Bread of Life,"
they rejected Him and left.
"This is that bread which came down from heaven:
not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead:
he that eateth of this bread shall live for
ever ... from that time many of His disciples
went back, and walked no more with Him. Then
said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go
away? John 6:58, 66-67.
This was indeed a very difficult saying, and Jesus was not
able to explain it, for He had yet to come to Gethsemane where
He would drink the cup of our sin. Nor had He been to Calvary,
where He would pay the full penalty for our sin; and in resurrection
become the very source of our life, that "quickening,
life giving spirit."
Jesus was looking forward to the time when He would be able
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if
any man hear my voice, and open the door,
I will come in to him, and will sup with
him, and he with me" Rev 3:20.
The Lord first "sups" with us, as our resources
are soon exhausted. In "supping" with us, He receives
our worship and adoration, along with accepting the sacrifice
of all we are, given to Him. Then we sup with Him, partaking
of His very flesh and blood.
When He "feeds" on the lower level, the multitudes
are there, responsive, excited, seeking to take Him by force
to make Him king. But when He ministers in the deeper vein
where it becomes costly and difficult, He is rejected.
"For many are called, but few are chosen" Matt
Another way to say this is, "Many are called, but few
will pay the price in order to be chosen."
There is a "depth" into which the Lord desires
to bring us that involves an entering into and partaking of
His very life.
"That I may know Him, and the power of His
resurrection, and the fellowship of His
sufferings, being made conformable unto
His death" Phil 3:10.
To enter into the fullness of this progression requires that
we go through a process of death, just as was required of
Jesus before He could offer the partaking of His flesh. Those
who have gone through this processing of the cross are able
to offer to others a level of "spiritual substance"
that is not available through those who can only offer "loaves
This progression begins with information about Jesus, but
leads into an intimate "knowing" Him. To enter into
"the power of His resurrection" means we first have
died in identification with Him. Then follows an area into
which few have entered, "the fellowship of HIS sufferings."
We know much of the fellowship of our sufferings, but little
of the higher level of partaking of His flesh and blood.
In this last hour, the Lord is yet seeking those who will
personally, intimately relate to Him; overcomers, who will
go beyond the surface of blessing and provision. Many are
starving for more and sadly, only "loaves and fishes"
are being offered to them. In the Charismatic visitation,
multitudes came to the first level, but few continued on to
partake of His very life.
May we say "YES LORD" to the offering of Himself.
Only then can we become a partaker, and move beyond the surface
into the depth of His present purposes.