Alright! Coming up is one of my favorite stories about Jesus.
It’s a food story, and for those of you who know me, you know that food is one of my favorite things.
Okay person, I’m listening. Bring on the food!
People were coming and going so much that Jesus and his disciples didn’t have a chance to eat…
Wait a minute! I thought this was a story about food. Not a story about no food.
I’ll listen. But it’s hard to have patience when you’re hungry.
So Jesus took the disciples and they went away to a quiet place by boat.
But many people saw them leaving and they ran ahead, so that when Jesus landed on shore he saw a large crowd.
Jesus had compassion on the people and He healed their sick and began teaching them many things.
So where’s the food?
I’m running out of patience.
Late in the day the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Send the people away so they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”
You mean there wasn’t any food there?
I am listening.
But Jesus said to the disciples, “You give them something to eat.”
“What?” the disciples said. “It would take eight months wages to feed all these people. How are we going to do that?”
Jesus said, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.”
They found a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish.
Fish? Did you say fish? There’s not enough fish for all those people. You’d better give the fish to me.
I am settled down. Do I get the fish now?
Jesus directed the people to sit down in groups on the grass.
Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves.
He gave them to the disciples to give to the people.
Here I am. I’m sitting in a group of my own. Bring on the fish!
When the food was distributed to the people and they had eaten everything they wanted, the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish.
The number of people who had eaten was about five thousand men, plus the women and children.
What are they going to do with those leftovers? They shouldn’t let them go to waste.
Hey Jesus! Over here! I’ll take care of those leftovers for you.