Jesus was incredibly popular with the people.
When Jesus heard the news of John’s death he withdrew to a quiet place to be by himself.
But the crowds followed him.
The people were drawn to him.
They were compelled to be near him.
Probably many did not even know exactly why they felt this way but they did.
They just knew that they wanted to be close to him.
They wanted to hear what he had to say.
And in seeing this large crowd of people Jesus does not send them away – empty, sick, hungry.
Instead he has great compassion for them.
He heals those in the crowd that need healing.
And at the end of the day he even finds a way to feed them… all of them.
There were five thousand men in the crowd.
That number does not include the women and the children so the number was probably closer to twenty thousand.
Maybe more… maybe thirty thousand people.
And with just two fish and five loaves of bread Jesus feeds everyone.
This is a true miracle.
Jesus performs a miracle at this place.
Did you know that this miracle story is the only miracle story that is told in each one of the Gospels?
It is told in Matthew, in Mark, in Luke, and even in John.
It just may be the most well-known miracle story of Jesus.
Because this miracle story is told in every Gospel it points to the great significance of what is happening in this very miracle.
Jesus looks up to heaven, blesses the food, breaks the bread, and then gives the food to his disciples.
The disciples then distribute the food to the people.
What does this story remind you of…?
This miracle story foreshadows the night when Jesus was with his disciples and he took bread, lifted the bread up, gave thanks to God, and then he gave the food to the disciples, and the disciples pass the food around to each other.
This miracle story in scripture along with Jesus’ last supper with his disciples speaks to the fact that wherever Jesus is present there is love, there is healing, and there is enough food for everyone.
Today whenever we celebrate the Lord’s Supper we remind each other of the great feast to come.
Our celebration of the Lord’s Supper is a foretaste of the feast to come when all of God’s people are fed and there is enough for all.
Jesus has compassion on us, he heals us, and he feeds us so that we are hungry no more.
In the night…
After worship today I will be distributing Holy Communion outside for those who desire to receive this sacrament.
For those of you who are at home and desire to receive the sacrament I would be happy to come to your home and meet you outside and distribute this sacrament to you.
You are welcome to call me or to send me an email and I will come to your home, meet with you outside, and I will give to you this sacrament.
This is but a foretaste of the feast but the meal foreshadows the great day when all of God’s people will join in the heavenly feast and there will be plenty for everyone.