Sunday February 21, 2021 | Jesus Fed a Crowd
By feeding the five thousand, Jesus provided for the physical needs of the crowd. The next day, Jesus called Himself the bread of life. (John 6:35) Only Jesus is able to satisfy our souls forever by providing forgiveness, peace with God, and eternal life.
Jesus’ disciples had been healing people and teaching them. They were working so hard, they did not even have time to eat! So Jesus said, “Let’s go to a quiet place and rest.” Jesus and the disciples got into a boat to cross the sea, but people ran along the shore and followed them. A crowd of people was waiting when Jesus and His friends got to the other side of the sea. Jesus saw the crowd, and He cared about the people. They needed someone to help them and show them how to live. So Jesus taught the people about God and His kingdom, and He healed people who were sick. Now it was getting late, and Jesus’ disciples came to Him and said, “Tell the people to go get something to eat.” But Jesus said, “You give them something to eat.” The disciples were confused. “We can’t feed this many people!” they said. “It would cost a lot of money to buy enough bread for them to eat.” “How many loaves of bread do you have?” Jesus asked. One of Jesus’ friends said, “A boy here has five loaves of bread and two fish, but that is not enough.” Jesus told the disciples to tell everyone to sit down. So all the people sat down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves of bread and two fish. He looked up to heaven, and then He blessed the bread. Then Jesus broke the bread and fish into pieces and gave it to His disciples. They gave the food to the people, and everyone ate until full. Then Jesus told the disciples to collect any leftover food. They collected 12 baskets full of bread and fish! Jesus fed about five thousand men that day, plus women and children.
Christ Connection: Jesus gave the people food so they would not be hungry. The next day, Jesus said that He is the bread of life. (John 6:35) Only Jesus can give us everything we need. Jesus gives us forgiveness, peace with God, and life forever with Him.
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