Jesus is followed by a crowd that is impressed with miracles, but unwilling to learn the truth they point to. In an out-of-the-way place, the disciples are directed to do the impossible (feed a multitude) before they participate in a miracle. As with the wedding in Cana, Jesus creates an abundance from a meager offering. His love and power are again in view.
John's gospel differs from the other three. He records fewer incidents, includes no parables, and has only brief reference to Jesus' ministry in Galilee. However, the stories John does tell of Jesus' encounters with those in need, those he loves, and even those who are his enemies are usually richer in detail and often reflect on what an event means in addition to matters of fact. John's record of his memories of Jesus has been called, "the intimate gospel." This sermon series will consider portraits of Jesus, painted by 'one whom Jesus loved,' that are found in the first nine chapters of the Gospel of John.