Chapter-a-Day Matthew 14

Jesus said, "Bring them here." Then he had the people sit on the grass.
He took the five loaves and two fish, lifted his face to heaven in
prayer, blessed, broke, and gave the bread to the disciples. The
disciples then gave the food to the congregation. They all ate their
fill. They gathered twelve baskets of leftovers. About five thousand
were fed
. Matthew 14:18-21 (TM)

The miracles of Jesus had a point. In a grand scale, the miracles provided the "credentials" (the Pharisees were asking for in Chapter 12) of who He really was. Here Jesus adds to the resume that He is Jehovah-Jireh (Hebrew: "God Provides"). Jesus also wanted people to learn spiritual truth from a temporal experience. In the miracle of the loaves and the fish, the message is clear: God will provide what we need each day. But, it’s not just about our immediate needs. In fact, that’s the secondary lesson.

In John’s telling of this story (John  6), Jesus goes on to teach the crowds that the point isn’t that He can conjure up a few fish sandwiches at will. The physical shore lunch isn’t the focus, though it was certainly the thing the crowds were interested in. Certainly, the immediate temporal need is often the thing on which we’re focused. Jesus’ focus is on spiritual food that provides eternal sustenance.

For that meal, He will give up his own body and blood to be our bread and wine.

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