Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place; so they sat
down. The men numbered about five thousand. Then Jesus took the loaves, and after giving
thanks he distributed them to those who were seated—so also with the fish, as much as they
Called Into Something Greater
Pandemics, politics, the day-to-day drudgery of life, and a plethora of other insanities wear us out. Our imaginative efforts to exist in a perpetual state of weariness know no bounds. But God has not called us to a life of weariness. Indeed, the miracle of feeding the five thousand shows us that intimate relationship with Jesus brings restful satisfaction. And this is good news for the weary.
Are We Missing The Point?
Our text for today shows Jesus’ power over the physical. Not only did He multiply the loaves and the fish, but He also satisfied the hunger of a massive crowd. Most of us know how difficult it is to even make a dozen folks happy during a holiday; can you imagine completely satisfying many thousands?!
But the miracle is never the point; rather, the miracle is the pointer.
God With Us; God Made Known
Miracles make God known in some extraordinary way to people. The gift to the people in our text was not a full stomach; the gift to them was the immanent presence of God in the person and work of Jesus. It’s not really all that wonderful that Jesus multiplied food. (All food ever made—for all time, anywhere—is providentially the work of God, though it is often through secondary causes.)
No, the wonder comes in the fact that through the direct multiplication of food, Jesus demonstrates his true identity as God with us. Jesus’ redemptive work is completed, and we can rest in that assurance. May our satisfaction overflow in our discipling of those who are yet to believe!
Food is an easy win for sharing faith, so invite an unbelieving person to join you for a meal. Satisfy their hunger as Jesus did the thousands. Bless the food biblically and clearly as a testimony to your belief in Jesus.
Spiritual practices are spiritual food and are a remedy against weariness. What’s missing in your life: Bible study, worship, silence and solitude, or fasting, just to name a few? Try to incorporate one practice into your life to combat weariness.