I want to tell you a story. I want to tell you a Bible story. Bible stories are the best kind of stories of all, do you know why? Because they are true.
It’s important that you know that the Bible is true, because it means you can trust it. It means that no matter how crazy or miraculous something is, it means you can trust it. Last week we talked about one of the miracles of Jesus, the healing of the ten men. This week we are going to talk about another one.
In this story, we see that Jesus is about to feed 5000 people. Now, it’s important to remember that when they say Jesus fed the 5000, they are only counting the men. Only the men were considered important enough to count. So, let’s do some math…
Now let’s imagine, because we don’t know for sure, that each man brought his wife. How many people would that be? That’s right, it would now be 10,000. Now let’s pretend that each family had two kids, even though they probably had more than that at that time, but since this is just an estimate, let’s say they have two. How many is that? You’re correct, it would now be 20,000. That’s a huge number.
So these people all just gathered to be near Jesus. There weren’t fliers or advertisements. They had heard stories from friends about Jesus and how he healed people. How he performed miracles. How he was preaching different from the guys at the temple, and they wanted to see. These were people that needed miracles. They needed healing, and they needed hope. So they came to find him and they sat and listened to him talk all day.
As the day drew on, they realized that they didn’t have enough food to give these people. I mean… who carries enough food for 20,000 people? So Jesus asks the disciples, because he already knew the answer, where shall we buy bread for all of these people? Can you imagine how much it would cost to buy bread for 20,000 people?
Then, this is the really cool part, a little boy steps forward with his lunch. Five small loaves of barley bread and two little fish. We’re basically talking about a first century lunchable. Now, I don’t know about you, but a lunchable isn’t even enough to feed my daughter, not even close to feeding 20,000 people. But Jesus knows that it is more than enough.
He takes the little boy’s small offering and He is about to do something huge!!! He blesses the food, and then tells the disciples to start breaking off pieces of it and passing it around. So basically everyone starts grabbing a cracker out of this lunchable, and passing it on. However, it never runs out. They keep passing and passing and passing. Everyone ended up having more than they needed.
Jesus made sure that everything that wasn’t eaten was collected up, Let nothing be wasted. When they collected it all, they had twelve baskets of bread. All that from one little boy’s lunch.
So why do we tell this story? What do you think?
Well, we tell this story for a few reasons, but there are two I want you to think about. The first is the little boy. He brought the little things that he had to Jesus, and it was more than enough. He brought what everyone else thought would be worthless to God, and Jesus did great things with it. Whatever we have to offer Jesus will be accepted, and like he said, Nothing will be wasted.
The second thing I want you to notice is that all these people came seeking Jesus with no plan to take care of themselves. They just showed up trusting that Jesus was the answer. That he had what they needed and they were right. All they did was chase him down, and they would be fine. It’s true. They were fine. Jesus provided for everyone, and they were right to trust him.
So, what does this mean for us today? It means that we can trust Jesus to provide for us. He will take care of us. Whatever we have to bring to Him will be accepted and it will be more than enough. We don’t have to plan to feed the 20,000, we just have to find the one that can. We can seek Jesus just like they did and He will be what we need. He will provide for us.
Let us pray….