Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted.
— John 6:11
This story of the miraculous and abundant provision of bread for a hungry crowd is included in all four gospel accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. That’s not a coincidence. This story captures the reality of our deep hunger, Jesus’ surprising and abundant provision, and the various human reactions that followed this miracle. Jesus truly prepared a table for his people!
There’s something so captivating and satisfying about this scene that it’s no wonder it’s included in each gospel account. With a delightful twist Jesus tests his disciples, saying, “Where should we get bread for these people?” And all the while he knows very well what he is about to do.
Imagine Jesus’ joy at being able to provide for everyone! And the way he does this is unexpected: the loaves he multiplies are brought forward by a boy.
How is it possible that Jesus could do this? And how could so many people all have “as much as they wanted”?
Jesus could do this because he is God. And this miracle is merely a sign pointing to something greater—for Jesus is about to reveal to the people (as we will see tomorrow) that he is actually the real bread of life.
Lord Jesus, bread of life, giver of every good gift, we praise and thank you! We look to you in our hunger, and you satisfy us with your abundance. You are truly a miracle-working Savior. Amen.