Matthew 14: 13-21 Jesus feeds 5000
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. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 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.”16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” 17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. 18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 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. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Jesus and his disciples feed a crowd of 5000! This is a great passage. We have all been to a potluck in which the tables fill of people and the front area fills with food and someone says a prayer and inside their minds they pray there is enough food: and there ALWAYS is; and usually more! No matter what at a potluck it always feels that just a little bit of food feeds the multitudes. As fellowship takes place and the excitement of being in the presence of Jesus becomes real could you imagine being there in the crowd? How generous was Jesus to realize the needs of these people and show compassion. How generous it was for the people that there was not only enough food but extra? This means no one took more than their share and others may have given instead of taken! What a profound thought. In a time and a world in which we often put ourselves and our needs first we are reminded that sometimes enough is good enough. Sometimes giving is better than taking and in the presence of Christ miracles take place. Miracles of healing but also miracles of the society; people can do the right thing. Think about what is the right thing you are asked to do today?