Jesus . . . blessed them.
Luke 9:10-17 NLT
When the apostles returned, they told Jesus everything they had done. Then he slipped quietly away with them toward the town of Bethsaida. But the crowds found out where he was going, and they followed him. He welcomed them and taught them about the Kingdom of God, and he healed those who were sick. Late in the afternoon the twelve disciples came to him and said, “Send the crowds away to the nearby villages and farms, so they can find food and lodging for the night. There is nothing to eat here in this remote place.”
But Jesus said, “You feed them.” “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Or are you expecting us to go and buy enough food for this whole crowd?” For there were about 5,000 men there.
Jesus replied, “Tell them to sit down in groups of about fifty each.” So the people all sat down. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers!
Reflection . . .
This very well known story in the Bible has lots to say, but today let’s look at what Jesus does.
Jesus first tells them (his disciples) to feed the crowd. They take a look at what they have and that it was certainly not going to be enough to feed so many people. Then Jesus gives them instructions for the crowd. Jesus takes the food and asks God’s blessing, He breaks the bread, and keeps giving it to them to distribute until they are all satisfied with lots left over.
Let’s take stock here of how we should follow Christ’s example for whatever situation we find ourselves in.
- Identify what we have to work with
- Ask God’s blessing on it
- Begin using it until the need is met
- Rejoice in God’s plenteous provision
Most often we neglect to even identify what we do have, let alone ask God’s blessing on it.
God calls us to live a life we cannot live, so that we must depend on him for supernatural ability. We are called to do the impossible, to live beyond our natural ability.Erwin W. Lutzer (b. 1941)