When there’s a problem it’s easy to look at what you don’t have rather than what you do have. Philip looked at the problem and saw that they didn’t have eight months wages. Andrew looked at the same problem and saw that they did have five loaves and two small fish. In the hands of Jesus five loaves and two small fish can become a banquet for more than 5,000 people. In the hands of Jesus everyone can have as much as they want – his resources are infinite!
- This is the only miracle apart from the resurrection which is recorded in all four Gospels. Why does john include it and why at this point in his narrative?
- Why did Jesus take it upon himself to provide a meal for everyone?
- Can you imagine yourself as the little boy presenting your small lunch to Jesus? What does Jesus do? What is the expression on his face? What does the crowd look like? How do you feel as they collect the left overs?
- What’s the significance of the 12 baskets of left overs?
- Why did Jesus run away from the people at the end – it’s bit unusual if you want to be a public figure?
May our faith always be in the infinite resources of Jesus rather than what we can actually see.