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You Give Them Something to Eat

by on February 13, 2015

This past week in our Mark series in Sunday School we shared in the account of Jesus feeding the 5000 with a lunch of loaves and fishes. I often wonder what his disciples thought when they came to him requesting that he send the people away and he responded “You give them something to eat”! They had nothing to eat even for themselves for we see later all that can found is a young boy’s lunch. Why would Jesus ask of them something completely impossible, feed a multitude with no food? Like so many of the accounts from the Gospels this one must have had a special meaning to them after the resurrection. In John’s account of this story we see the emphasis on the fact that Jesus is the Bread of Life, and there is a connection with the theme of God’s provision of manna in the wilderness.

Indeed when the Apostles are sent out in Acts to minister we see them fearlessly sharing the Gospel and the message of the Bread of Life to those in Judea and all of Israel. It turns out they really did have much to give and ‘fed’ thousands with the bread that is eternal, the message of hope in Jesus Christ. I wonder if while they were doing so the words of Christ returned to their hearts “You give them something to eat”?

There are probably a lot of very hungry people in your world that you meet every day. They may not look starved or even slightly hungry. You might even share a great meal with them and satisfy your hunger. But deep down might they be crying out for that spiritual food that only the Lord can provide, might they even be starving and in tremendous need? I pray that God will give me and you the insight to see that hunger and be willing to listen to our Lord when he commands “You give them something to eat”. The Bread of Life, broken for us, was meant to be shared.

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