Jesus Feeds The 5,000

March 2, 2018

 

When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.  When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.  As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”  Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”  “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.  “Bring them here to me,” he said.  And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.  They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.  The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children. - Matthew 4:13-21

 

Beloved,

The little boy walked up to Jesus with his lunch, packed by his mother.  It was wrapped in soft vellum (goat
skin) and tied together by a leather strap to keep it fresh.  Jesus called him out of the multitude to sit next to
him on a big rock overlooking northwestern Galilee.  Jesus felt sorry for the huge crowd sitting on the grass
listening to him all day long.  Many among the thousands had come from very far and would go home hungry
if not for that one little picnic lunch.  Without hesitating, the little boy happily gave his lunch to Jesus; five
small loaves of barley bread and two grilled fish lay glowing in Jesus’ hand.  What was about to happen was
similar to Moses opening the Red Sea.  By faith, Jesus looked up to heaven, thanked God for the food,
multiplied the bread and fish and eternity broke in to time.  The disciples fed the entire multitude in the name
of Jesus!  In other words, whoever comes hungry to Jesus will receive the “bread of life” and will never be
hungry again.

In Christ,
Pastor Isaac

 

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