Unlimited: Jesus Feeds the People
Dec 14, 2020 1663
But he answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?” “How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.”
Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass.So, they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied (Mark 6:37–42, NIV).
When the disciples came to Jesus with a problem – the huge crowd of people was hungry – Jesus turned it back on them, and told them to solve their issue themselves.
I’m sure that was unexpected.
When Jesus told the disciples that they should give the people something to eat, they responded to him with economics! They showed him how it was an economic impossibility.
Economics isn’t the solution to the problems of the world. Neither is politics, or anything like that.
Jesus asked the disciples to solve the problem so that they could realise how impossible it was for them.
And then they gave him what they had, and Jesus worked a miracle.
It’s interesting that Jesus didn’t just work a miracle out of thin air. Instead, he expected the disciples to put what they have in his hands. In that way, they learnt to surrender to him. And in that way, they became collaborators with God.
Then stand back and watch what happens!
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: What is an insolvable problem that you’re facing in your life right now? Take some time out today to spend it with Jesus, and to put what you have in his hands.