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John 6:1-15 New International Version

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

6 Some time 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.

14 After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

In this passage from the book of John, we see Jesus performing one of his most well-known miracles – feeding the five thousand. This miracle not only displays Jesus’ power and compassion, but also reveals important lessons about faith and trust in God.

The story begins with Jesus crossing to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee accompanied by a great crowd of people who were following him because they had seen the signs he performed by healing the sick. This shows that word about Jesus had spread and people were eager to witness his miraculous works firsthand.

As evening approached, Jesus went up on a mountainside with his disciples. It is significant to note that this event took place during the Jewish Passover Festival, a time of great celebration and remembrance for the Jews. This may have added to the already large crowd gathered around Jesus.

As the crowd grew hungry, Jesus tested his disciples by asking them where they could buy bread for everyone. Philip’s response revealed their doubt and lack of understanding of Jesus’ power – it would take more than half a year’s wages just to provide each person with a bite of food.

But Jesus had a plan all along. Andrew, another disciple, brought forward a boy who had five small barley loaves and two fish. Though it seemed like such a small amount, Jesus had the faith and trust in God to multiply it and provide enough food for everyone.

By telling the people to sit down and giving thanks for the food, Jesus demonstrated his complete dependence on God and his unwavering faith. He then distributed as much as they wanted to eat, showing that there was an abundance of food – something that seemed impossible with only five loaves and two fish.

Through this miracle, we learn important lessons about having faith in God’s power to provide for us even when it seems impossible. We also see Jesus’ compassion as he not only feeds the physical hunger of the people, but also their spiritual hunger by revealing himself as the Prophet who is to come into the world.

However, we also see the people’s desire to make Jesus a king by force. This shows their misunderstanding of his true purpose and role as the Messiah. Instead of seeking power and earthly kingship, Jesus withdrew from them and went to a mountain by himself – again showing his trust and dependence on God above all else.

This passage challenges us to examine our own faith and trust in God when faced with impossible situations. It reminds us that with God, all things are possible and he is always faithful to provide for our needs. So let us have faith and trust in God, just like Jesus did, knowing that he is the only true source of provision and power.

No matter what circumstances we may face, we can always turn to him and find comfort, strength and sustenance. May this miracle serve as a reminder for us to always put our faith and trust in God above all else. As the Psalmist says in Psalm 37:5, “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this.” Let us hold onto those words and remember that with God by our side, there is nothing we cannot overcome. This is the true message of this powerful and miraculous event in the book of John. So let us continue to put our faith and trust in God, knowing that he will provide for us in ways beyond our understanding.

Endurance through Faith

This passage also highlights the importance of endurance through faith. The disciples faced a seemingly impossible situation – feeding thousands of people with only a small amount of food. But instead of giving up or becoming discouraged, they trusted in Jesus’ plan and followed his instructions.

Similarly, in our own lives, we may face challenges and obstacles that seem insurmountable. But by having faith and endurance, we can overcome these difficulties with the help of God. Just as the disciples gathered the leftovers after everyone had eaten, we must persevere through our struggles and trust that God will provide for us in the end.

This message also applies to our spiritual lives. Often times, we may feel weary or discouraged in our faith journey. But by holding onto our faith and trusting in God’s plan for us, we can endure through even the toughest of times.

In Hebrews 10:36, it says “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” So let us hold onto our faith and continue to endure through the challenges of life, knowing that in the end, God’s promises will be fulfilled. And just like the disciples witnessed the incredible miracle of feeding the five thousand, we too can experience God’s miraculous provision and power in our lives when we have faith and trust in him. So let us never give up or lose hope, but instead persevere through faith until we see God’s plans unfold before us. With endurance through faith, all things are possible with God. May this message from John’s account of the feeding of the five thousand continue to inspire and strengthen our faith today. Let us remember that with God, all things are possible, and may we continually put our trust in Him through every circumstance. Keep enduring in faith!

Stay strong and never give up hope!

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” – Hebrews 12:1.