One of the most amazing miracles performed by Jesus, according to the gospel, is the feeding of the five thousand. The Synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke) and the eyewitness account of the Apostle John, has recorded the event.
We know that the gospel of Matthew was intended for Jewish readers portraying Jesus as the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy of the coming Messiah, while the gospel of Mark was intended for Roman audience where Jesus is shown as a hero, a man on a mission, a man of action, and the gospel of Doctor Luke was primarily for Gentile readers where it shows Jesus’ love for the poor and the powerless. Meanwhile, the gospel of John is an eye-witness account and differs in some aspects from the first three gospels mentioned earlier.
In John 6:1-15, the Apostle John recorded the miracle of Jesus feeding the five thousand. In verse 2, we find a great crowd of people followed Jesus – without any foresight of what awaits them in the place where Jesus went, but only the joy of seeing Jesus, and hearing His words while He taught them. There is an important lesson here: trusting God involves stepping out of your comfort zone because it also means trusting that He will provide all your needs. Also, anybody who follows Jesus is always welcome; He will never reject you nor discriminate you. More importantly, He will heal you – if you needed healing. (Luke 9:11)
In verse 9, we find that there is a boy who brought with him five loaves and two fish. However, in order to feed the five thousand, they needed more than. After some urging and some coaching, the boy willingly gave all that he has. The result? A miracle. God’s grace is sufficient – always. God blesses us when we give sacrificially, and not only that, God multiplies the blessings as well.
As God’s stewards, we have this noble task of gathering all that are left-overs so that nothing is wasted. (John 6:12)
Benevolence is the mother of all good works. When we serve others or meet the needs of others long before we finish our own individual ministry – that’s benevolence, that’s love. A disciple’s heart rejoices not only in the salvation of one’s self but also in the salvation of others.
More importantly, the dominant lesson of the five loaves and two fish is this: a little in God’s hands is more than enough.