The Well Documented Miracle

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.”

When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

John 6:1-15

I believe the feeding of the five-thousand is the only miracle recorded in all four gospels. Partly, I assume, becasue all four authors understood how important it was. It shows Jesus’s power (SIX MONTHS WAGES WORTH OF FOOD!!!), has symbolic significance (especially the twelve remaining baskets for the twelve tribes of Israel), and marks a sort of turning point in Jesus’s ministry (the people figure out who He is). But also consider the fact that five thousand people saw this miracle. with so many witnesses, it’s no surprise it’s so well documented.

That being said, because I’ve read and written about this miracle three times already, I don’t really have anything new to say… Perhaps read what I wrote about in Matthew, Mark, or Luke. I just re-read them, and the posts about Matthew and Mark were surprisingly insightful. Actually, that was a better Bible study for me today that writing about John. I guess my brain just isn’t as focused today as it was then!

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