Scripture: Matthew 14:13-21
The time for talking, for teaching, even for healing had been exhausted. The time for hunger, of need for food had come. But Jesus was not willing to leave the multitudes to fend for themselves so far from the city and the villages. He told his apostles, they did not need to leave. You give them something to eat. He understood that their supply was small! Like us, the apostles knew the demand was too great for their meager supply. Just like sometimes life seems too great for our supply of faith! Our resources are often too limited, as theirs were. They had just enough for their own needs- 5 loaves and 2 fish. It would not suffice for the multitudes, but Jesus’ request was to “surrender to them” and his request was simply “bring them to me”. Matthew 14:18
In a walk with Jesus, there must be something for him to start with! Like the disciples, we must take that positive step toward Jesus. Ingredients we need are: an open heart and mind, allowing God to work with the proper ingredients of faith, belief, and trust. Trust the recipe!
We are given spiritual nourishment.
Unlike eating physical food, whenever I feed on God’s word, I get even more hungry. The more I taste and see how good God is, the more I want. The Bible says in Colossians 3:16, “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly.” Paul is telling us to let the Bible take up residence in our lives in a rich, profound, and life giving way. The scenario of Jesus feeding 5,000 people supports the fact that Jesus is the Lord that saves His Church. His compassion is so boundless that He gave His life for His children who are, by the way, sinners.
Another lesson that we can learn from this miracle is that there is no great obstacle that we cannot face because we have God. God is always larger than everything, especially our obstacles.
Before writing this sermon, I read my little New Testament Bible: That is why we should not be anxious. In Matthew 6:25-27, it is written, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow not reap nor gather into barns, and yet, your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”
Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand is a gentle reminder to our daily Christian lives that nothing we face here on earth is too big for God.