Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
Today we see Jesus miraculously feed 5,000 men with a boy’s lunch. As I read it, I am struck with the interaction that Jesus has with His disciples. Jesus asks, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” Phillip’s reaction is perfectly practical, saying that 200 days of labor would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little. Then Simon says that there is a boy who has five barley loaves and two fish. What a thing to say! In the face of feeding over 5,000 men (it might have been at least 20,000 including women and children), Simon suggests five loaves and two fish! It’s obvious that this amount of food is insufficient for the need, but something inspires this little boy to offer it anyway. It takes an amazing amount of courage to offer up what is clearly insufficient, and this type of courage is birthed in hope. When Jesus asks them where they are to buy bread, this little boy answers with his own meager lunch, offered in the hope of what Jesus can make from it.
Stepping Out in Lent – This passage challenges us: Do we trust Christ enough to give our meager “lunches” up to Him? Do we know Him enough to believe that He can take the little we have, even when it is absurdly insufficient, and make it a feast for the hungry? Simply put, do we hope in Him? Let’s pray that our hearts and minds would be so filled with the hope of the gospel that when Christ calls out, “How are we to feed these people?” each of us could answer, “Lord, here is my lunch. Without You it would be good for nothing, but in Your hands it is more than enough.”
Author – Hope Eltomi is married to Brian Eltomi and has been attending St. Peter’s for over five years. She is regularly involved in prayer ministry, small group ministry, and works with the discipleship ministries team on the Prayer for the City service held on the 1st Monday of every month.