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.
"And when it was evening, His disciples came to him,
saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now
past; send the multitude away, that they may go into
the villages, and buy themselves victuals"
"But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give
ye them to eat" Matt 14:15-16.
Philip would have sent these to the fast-food restaurant
in the next village. Andrew remarked about a lad who had some
food, but only had "five loaves and two fishes."
Jesus had told the disciples to feed all who were hungry.
Immediately, these disciples began to express the reasons
why they were unable to do so, saying that they did not have
adequate resources. It is very important that we recognize
that Jesus already knew that they did not have the means to
feed this multitude.
"And this He said to prove him: for He Himself knew
what He would do" John 6:6.
The Lord often asks us to go beyond our present ability.
Our usual response is to express our limitations. But all
that Jesus expects is for us to place our limited ability
in His hand, so He can multiply it.
Therefore, concerning these five loaves and two fishes, Jesus
"Bring them hither to Me" Matt 14:18.
Once the limited resources of the disciples were placed in
His hands, Jesus multiplied them, and the multitude was fed
to the full. Later, Jesus asked, "Do you remember the
numbers?" They repeated back, "five loaves, two
fishes, and there were twelve basket-fulls left over."
These numbers reveal a principle that will come into operation
in the last days.
The "lad" speaks of our utter helplessness in the
face of the coming tribulation during the closing out of this
age. The "five loaves" speak of the protective "grace
and wisdom" that the Lord will give. The "two fishes"
reveal the principle of obedience; for we cannot obey unless
there is an alternative. Through grace and obedience, His
glory will be revealed.
This was perhaps the best meal this multitude had ever eaten.
But several hours later, they were back asking for a repeat
performance. Jesus refused and brought a word of correction.
He told them to seek their satisfaction on an higher level.
Then Jesus offered His very life for them to partake of.
"I am the living bread which came down from heaven.
any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and
the bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will
give for the life of the world" John 6:51.
They had gladly received the miracle of multiplication on
the lower level of experience, but rejected the higher realm
of identification with Him.
"The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying,
How can this man give us His flesh to eat?" John 6:51-52.
If we are perceptive, we will discover that this spiritual
principle is in operation in our lives at this present time.
Whenever the Lord moves on us in any measure of provision
or healing, it is His intention to take us further, into a
higher realm of identification with Him.
Jesus was unable to explain the means He would later provide,
by which they could indeed partake of His flesh and blood.
This was because He had not yet come to Gethsemane, where
He would drink the cup of our sin in preparation for His sacrifice
on Calvary's cross. For, in resurrection, He would become
"quickening, life giving Spirit," the very source
of eternal life, of which we are to partake.
Jesus was looking forward to the time when He would stand
at the door of our heart, knocking, in order to gain entrance
that He might sup with us, and we in turn with Him, in which
we partake of His very life and blood.
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man
my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and
will sup with him, and he with me" Rev 3:20.
When He fed the multitude on the lower level, they sought
to take Him by force to make Him their King. But on the higher
level, they rejected Him. Therefore, Jesus stands alone at
the door, speaking to whomever will respond - "if anyone."
Today, all to many Christians are satisfied to remain in
the first area of spiritual blessing and provision, and are
not seeking to enter into a personal relationship with the
Lord, in which His very life is to partaken of.
There is a depth in spiritual revelation and understanding
into which the Lord desires to bring us, which involves a
partaking of his very life. This will bring us into an identity
with Him in the fellowship of His sufferings," which
refers to His (and our) being rejected and misunderstood,
but leads to a depth of satisfaction and fulfillment that
only those who partake can understand.
"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.
In this last hour, the Lord is yet seeking a people who are
willing to go beyond the surface blessings.
Pinecrest is called to be a place in which the Lord is fully
accepted in all that He offers, and in whatever way He may
seek to move in our midst. The very heart and ministry of
Pinecrest is centered in preparing those who desire to go
beyond the loaves and fishes, and who understand and accept
this deeper offering of His very flesh and blood.
In 1974, there was a visitation of the Lord at Pinecrest.
During this time, the presence of the Lord became very manifest.
The enrollment went from eighty to about one hundred and eighty.
The guest rooms were filled. But when the time of visitation
came to an end, the enrollment in the Bible school returned
to eighty, and the guest rooms were empty.
There are many who will respond when the blessings are flowing,
but when it comes time to "eat His flesh" they say,
"this is a hard saying, who can hear it?" and they
The Lord is speaking of our partaking of the foundational
characteristic of His life, that of giving His life for another.
Many will receive the blessings that He offers, but few will
identify with His sufferings.
When first saved, we become excited about the gifts of the
Holy Spirit and our being blessed. As we continue to respond
to the inner workings of the Holy Spirit, He will bring us
to Jesus, who will begin to offer His very life to us, that
we might partake with Him in intimate fellowship.
The purpose of this revelation of Jesus to us as a person
is to bring us into the experience of personally knowing Him,
that we might be able to identify with Him in the giving His
life to others.
This will lead us into a place of identification with Him
in the fellowship of His sufferings. Here, in intimate deep
communion with Jesus, we will come to know Him as a person
and begin to partake of an intercessorary identification with
Pinecrest is called and set apart to prepare a people for
our Lord's purposes in the last days, who intimately know
Him and have partaken of His very life. These will become
members of the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which all creation
is groaning to see in manifestation.
If you have a hunger and desire to go further; to more fully
know and serve our Lord, Pinecrest may be the place for you.
Prayerfully consider coming apart for a time of serious preparation
to better know and serve our Lord. There is room and a warm
welcome awaiting you at Pinecrest.