The miracle of the feeding of the 5000 is one of the few events in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ that appears in all four Gospels in the Bible. Jesus was presented with a dilemma when thousands of people showed up to experience his miracles and listen to His teaching. Jesus looked up and saw the crowd and said to one of His disciples, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” It seemed like an insurmountable problem.
But, little is much when God is in it! A boy was there with five small loaves of bread and two fishes. Jesus took the food, blessed it, and used it to feed the whole multitude with twelve baskets to spare. So, as you read, today, like the little boy, present your little bit to the Lord. He will take it, bless it, and use it to feed multitudes!
(John 6:1-13) 1 Sometime after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4 The Jewish Passover Festival was near.
5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. 7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.