You Feed Them!

Sooner or later in life, each of us finds ourselves in a situation that seems impossible for us solve. How you deal with that situation will depend on your attitude and your faith.

The story of Jesus feeding the five thousand can be found in all four Gospel accounts (Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-15).

When you read all of them together, you get a very interesting perspective on what it must have been like to be there. I find John’s account to be most insightful. You really get a sense of Jesus wanting to test the faith of his disciples.

Jesus asked Philip, “Where is a place to buy bread so these people may eat?” Jesus knew what He was planning to do, but He asked Philip nonetheless. He had something to teach, and it started with a test. Philip replied, “I could work for more than half of a year and still not have the money to buy enough bread to give each person a very small piece!”

At that point, Andrew spoke up, “I met a young boy in the crowd carrying five barley loaves and two fish, but that is practically useless in feeding a crowd this large.”

Jesus told them, “Tell the people to sit down.”

They all sat together on a large grassy area. Those counting the people reported approximately 5,000 men—not including the women and children—sitting in the crowd. Jesus picked up the bread, gave thanks to God, and passed it to everyone. He repeated this ritual with the fish. Men, women, and children all ate until their hearts were content. When the people had all they could eat, He told the disciples to gather the leftovers.

Adapted from John 6 (The Voice)

I wonder, how would you respond? Would you be like Philip… who didn’t believe that Jesus could do it. As far as he was concerned there was no way they were going to feed all those hungry people.

Or would you be like Andrew… who really wanted to believe that they could do something for the hungry people… but didn’t actually believe it could be done.

Or would you be like the little boy… who gave all that he had to Jesus, so that Jesus could make the impossible possible.

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