Matthew 14:15–21 (ESV) — 15 “Now when it was evening, the disciples came to Him and said, ‘This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.’ 16 But Jesus said, ‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’ 17 They said to Him, ‘We have only five loaves here and two fish.’ 18 And He said, ‘Bring them here to me.’ 19 Then He ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then He broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.”
The feeding of the 5,000 is one of the most famous miracles that Jesus performed. Some say it was the greatest “fish and chips” meal ever served! This miracle is never talked about during the Christmas season. It doesn’t fit with the birth of Jesus, but it does tell us much about how the newborn King grew up to be the extraordinary Messiah.
From this miracle, we learn that we can trust ourselves into Jesus’s care. In a parallel passage to Matthew 14, Mark says that Jesus had compassion on the people because they were like sheep without a shepherd. Sometimes I feel this way. I am uncertain where to turn, or what might be the right decision, or how to deal with a difficult situation. I’m sure you have felt this way as well. As sheep under the Shepherd’s care, we can walk in reliance on Jesus. We can be vulnerable before Him. We can bring our needs to Him and recognize that only He can meet these needs.
Jesus wants to feed you this morning. He wants to give your spiritual food. This Sunday morning, as you gather together with the family of God, thank Him that He knows your needs, and is faithful to care for you. Even in the darkest times, you can be assured He walks with you. He will guide and protect you with his rod and staff.