Matthew 14:15-21 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.
Just before Jesus fed the five thousand, disciples of John the Baptist informed Jesus of John’s beheading by King Herod. The news must have devastated Jesus because the Bible mentions how Jesus withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place (Matthew 14:13).
However, with everything Jesus did, word always got to the masses quickly! Matthew 14:13 mentions how the crowds heard were Jesus was going and they followed Him. When Jesus landed He landed to the needs of 5,000+ souls hungry for God’s compassion and healing.
As Jesus gazed upon the large crowd, the Bible says Jesus had compassion on them and healed their sick. At that moment Jesus put His needs secondary to the needs of the flock. What an amazing example of denying yourself and serving the needs of others.
There are so many avenues to pursue with this passage of scripture, but what I would like to focus on is how Jesus made a way out of no way. First He made a way by overcoming His grief of John the Baptist death. Secondly, He made a way by diverting His need for solitude and perhaps prayer to discuss the needs of the flock with the Father.
Jesus made a way out of no way by feeding 5,000+ men (not including women and children) with five loaves of bread and two fish. What is amazing about this miracle is the Bible mentions that everyone ate and was satisfied. Miraculously after everyone ate, the disciples picked up twelve basketful of broken pieces that were left over.
Jesus and Jesus alone has the ability to give a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, poured into your lap with more to spare. What an awesome God we serve who is full of mercy and compassion for all who call on His name.
All Jesus needed was five loaves of bread and two fish to change the outcome. What is it you need today to change your life? With the one we call the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost, all we need is a mustard seed of faith (Matthew 17:20) to change the outcome of any situation we are facing. What a wonderful fact of assurance knowing that we have all we need in Christ.
My prayer today is we will rest in Christ with full assurance that Christ will and has fully equipped us with all we need to conquer the world. To God be the glory amen.
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