Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

Lou Lotz

READ : John 6:1-15

There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many? (v. 9)

When I was a child I had a Bible coloring book. One picture showed a boy with a wicker lunch basket, his eyes bulging with wonder as a grinning Jesus gestures to a pile of loaves and flopping fishes. The caption read, “Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand.”

Today’s children may learn a somewhat different lesson. One contemporary explanation is that the boy’s generosity inspired the crowd to share food they’d had all along, but were selfishly hiding from one another. This was no miracle; Jesus merely guilt-tripped the crowd into sharing with one another.

Jesus performs a miracle, and we are embarrassed, some of us. Too many believers, nowadays, feel they must explain away anything in the Bible that smacks of the supernatural, lest our culture think we are foolish and naive.

But a Jesus who does not perform miracles is not the Jesus we read of in the Gospels. John the Baptist sent word to Jesus, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” And Jesus answered, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me” (Matt. 11:3-6). God forbid we would ever be offended by Jesus.


Lord, I believe, help my unbelief.