Feeding of the Five Thousand

Published on:

10 February 2015

TEXT: John 6:1-14; Matthew 14:13-21

One important fact we have to bear in mind about the ministry of Our Lord Jesus Christ is that, whatever He did in the ministry was for a purpose.  Secondly Our Lord Jesus Christ did not do those miracles as a way of entertaining the multitude. He was not showing off His miraculous power to mankind.  Every miracle that happened was a necessity in the course of the ministry and was only intended to point mankind to his Creator. 


The main message of Jesus Christ to mankind was to educate man about the kingdom of God’s life. To teach humanity how they can regain the lost glorious relationship they had at the beginning with their Creator through salvation. While He was fully committed doing this, He never lose sight in meeting their various needs. In Acts 10:38 “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” He healed the sick because sick people in the anguish of the pain of their sicknesses, will not be able to pay attention to the word of God. He fed the hungry, because healthy people with empty stomach cannot continue to listen to the world of God.  Certainly they can endure it for a while, but not for a long time. That was why the general welfare package of mankind, both spiritual and physical as regards provision for their bread while they were with Him in the wilderness listening to the word of God was of a great concern to Our Lord Jesus Christ.

An important lesson we can learn here is that, when we come to the Lord, we are in His presence to receive a total package of blessing. This includes, spiritual blessing, secular and physical blessing, health blessing and all that can encourage us to continue with Him to ensure that we fully enjoy the blessing of salvation.

The bulk of the miracles of our Lord Jesus Christ is to encourage humanity to come and partake in the abundance that the Kingdom of God have in stock for humanity. We will all come to partake in Jesus name, Amen.   


There are certain steps in the miracle of food multiplication that are so significant. First thing we notice was the demonstration of confidence in the Lord and orderliness before the miracle took place. Our Lord Jesus Christ was not panic and anxious as the disciples were. In Matthew 14:19, He told the disciples, “And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass” This gesture was suggesting to the multitude that help was on the way and their needs would be met. The people sat in response to the commandment of Jesus Christ with high expectation.

Secondly, we can behold the physical transition of faith to miracle. First of all, the disciple collected the five loaves and two fishes from the young boy, and was handed unto Jesus Christ. Our Lord Jesus Christ did not pray that the food be multiplied, but He did something, He looked up to heaven, and he gave thanks for the bread. He did this to point the multitude to God, the source of all our needs. Psalm 121:1-2 says, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.”  Our Lord Jesus Christ now broke the bread and gave them to the disciples, who now began to distribute the bread to the multitude that were sitting on the grass.


Jesus said to the disciples in verse 16, “They need not depart; give ye them to eat.” Our Lord Jesus Christ was not teasing the disciples.  He was challenging their faith.  He was, in order words, telling them, “Stop being spectators. Begin to become spectacular for the glory of God” Our Lord Jesus Christ seemed to be saying to the disciples, “You have watched me doing these miracles.”  Apply the grace of faith you have to meet the need of the people of God under your watch. He is saying, “Never send people that come to the presence God back empty handed to go and fetch for themselves or to go and find solutions to their own needs.” He was telling them to live by faith, because the just shall live by faith.  In Romans 1:17, “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

Jesus Christ a considerate Father knows our needs before those needs arose. He is able to meet those needs more than our expectation. The event also happened in the wilderness where there was no possibility of getting something to eat. In the OT, as God provided manna for the Israelites in those 40 years wilderness journey. He provided water from the rock to quench their thirst. The same Heavenly Father, met the needs of the multitude that followed Him to the wilderness in New Testament.

In John 6:9 “There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes.” In verses Matthew 14:17-18, the disciples said to Him, “We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.” He said, “Bring them hither to me.” Bring your little resources into the hands of God through His appointed servant, it will also receive the divine touch of the Heavenly father, and through His appointed servant, it shall become multiplied and become a blessing unto you. God can transform your little faith like mustard seed to move the mountains of problems around you into the sea.  God can use your little intercessory prayer to heal a nation.  Surrender your life unto God and discover how He will use you to save the world like the way He used Saul to Tarsus to save the world of Gentile. Your tithe and offering and your vows, are like the little lunch in the hand of the little boy, bring it into the hand of God, in His house for His divine touch so that you can receive divine multiplication effect upon your little.

God does not need a lot to do miraculous deed.  A little boy’s lunch fed five thousand people. A little flour in the hand of the widow of Zarephat met the need of the widow and her child and Prophet Elijah until the rain came down in the province of Ahab. A little cloud like a palm of hand was an answer to the prayer of Elijah. A little army of three hundred soldiers led by Gideon a God’s appointed leader of Israel, defeated the 135,000 Midianites army. A little oil in the house of a widow received divine touch to pay the outstanding debt of her husband and also saved her two boy from becoming slaves. That is why the redemptive blood of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross is sufficient to cleanse the sins of the entire human race.

In Romans 12:7, the scripture admonished us to wait on our ministry. “Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering.”  In the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ, prayer was very prominent. He consistently waited on His ministry always communed with God. Of course He did this because of the likely needs that will arise in the ministry. He had received the answer to His prayers concerning those needs ahead of time that was why He only blessed the bread instead of praying for the multiplication. Let prayer be prominent in the ministry that God committed into your hands. 

In John 6:12, Jesus Christ said to the disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.” The fragments of the blessing of God must not be wasted, it must be put to use. This statement is to remind us that we must not waste the grace that our Heavenly Father had given us. Many people are endowed with spiritual blessings, when they come to the gathering of the saints, they will just sit back watching other brethren serving in the vineyard of God. They are like people endowed with talents but refuse to put them to use for profitable purposes. There are many activities in the church. There are opening in the Choir ministry, Ushering Department, Children and Youth Department, Administration department needs help. You can participate in the evangelism program. You can even join the prayer warriors in the church.  Workers meeting are open to all the qualifying brethren. Do not hide your anointing, do not waste the grace of salvation that was extended to you. Use your talents, your skills and everything that constitute your excess spiritual capacities to glorify the Living God in the gathering of the saints.


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