Feeding of the many. John 6:1-21. 1999 Mark A Hewitt. Lino cut & water colour.

When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist,
he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself.
The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns.
When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick.
When it was evening, the disciples approached him and said,
“This is a deserted place and it is already late;
dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages
and buy food for themselves.”
Jesus said to them, “There is no need for them to go away;
give them some food yourselves.”
But they said to him,
“Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.”
Then he said, “Bring them here to me, ”
and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass.
Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven,
he said the blessing, broke the loaves,
and gave them to the disciples,
who in turn gave them to the crowds.
They all ate and were satisfied,
and they picked up the fragments left over—
twelve wicker baskets full.
Those who ate were about five thousand men,
not counting women and children.



The question I am often asked is whether Jesus was able to multiply a few fish and a few loaves of bread.  People seem to miss the point that everyone was already hungry and looking for Him.  Scripture tells us the crowds followed Him on foot from the town because they were already searching for Him to be fed by His Word.   The real hunger is the hunger for Him.  When Mother Theresa came to the United States, she said that she had encountered a much deeper poverty here than  her native Calcutta.  Here the people are being starved of God.  In western culture we look to ourselves to be fed but we are restless and unsatisfied.   Look to the Lord to satisfy your deepest longings, your deepest hunger.  If your thinking about a miracle in which people fill their bellies than remember, they will be hungry again.  Again, remember that the multitudes were not following Him because their stomachs were empty but rather they were running after Him because they are hungry for God.  Today, its really our choice as to where we look to be fed.  But if your not satisfied, if you have that nagging hunger inside of you, then turn to Jesus and He will satisfy you.  You will have your full.