There it is again…”after this…” I wonder if this is just John’s style. I like his storytelling. It is almost like an excited child reporting on a special outing…”we did this and after that we did this and after that…” ♥ I’m hooked waiting see what he might possibly do next.
It’s about 60 miles (3 days walk) from Jerusalem to the Sea of Galilee which means he headed back to the Cana area and then he crossed to the other side. Obviously he wasn’t in stealth mode when he got there because a large crowd begins to form and follow him. They had seen “the signs” he was doing on the sick so maybe He was doing some healing along the way.
Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. (This makes me curious – why tell this?)
Jesus and his men are sitting up on the mountain when Jesus asks Phillip, “Where are we going to buy bread to feed all these people?” And Phillip quips, “200 hundred denarii worth of bread wouldn’t be near enough!’ There were 5000 men out there and who knows how many women and kids. The disciples must have been trying to figure it out because Andrew reported he had found a kid with 5 loaves and 2 fish.
My first second question is: why did they feel like it was their job to feed these people? Seems like that was rescuing them from their own folly if they had come to follow him with no packed lunch. Was he that magnetic? They just forgot they were supposed to take care of themselves to follow him? And you know what – maybe Jesus loved that! He knew he was going to feed them and He loved they had overlooked their need to be self-sufficient.
Maybe they had not even realized they were stranded but Jesus planned a demonstration of His sufficiency for them and His disciples. He took what the boy had – 5 loaves and 2 fish. He “gave thanks”…(He was keenly aware of His partnership with the Father and His own gratefulness.) And then they passed out the food.
Now this is kinda cool. Jesus told the disciples to collect all the leftovers. There were 12 baskets full – one for each of them to carry. He knew He was going to do this and I can’t help imagining Him smiling at what was coming for them. Of course the people were blown away. “This is indeed the prophet who is come into the world.” What did he tell the Jewish leaders…there will be greater works that you may marvel? 🙂
Don’t know who they really thought He was but at this moment He was THE prophet and they were thinking they should make him King. Sorry, not in the plan…Jesus slips away by himself.
He has a sense of humor and delights in wowing His children. He wants us to know He is more than sufficient to meet our every need.
The person of Jesus and knowing Him – could I be so focused as to simply lose track of trying to be self-sufficient?
About the world:
The world is always looking for a sign. When I was looking, someone told me what Jesus had provided for them. I thought, they really believe this…can it be true? It was.