Did you know that of all the miracles Jesus ever did, besides the Resurrection itself, there is only one that was important enough to appear in all four Gospels? More important than healing miracles, more important than raising other people from the dead, the only miracle to show up in all four of the Gospel accounts is the feeding of the five thousand.
Why is that?
In John 6:1-15, we see that it’s time for the Passover. Jesus and His disciples are up on a mountain, and a large crowd has formed around them. “Testing” Philip, Jesus asked him “where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” Philip seems astounded by the problem. He scans the crowd and realizes how big this problem is. “Two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.”
Two hundred denarii, by the way, is about two-thirds of a year of wages. And for a single meal! Andrew offers that “there is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish…” but even he understands that it’s a pointless thought. There’s too many people!
Think of these disciples. Philip, staring with gaping mouths at the vast crowd, overcome by the impossible need. And Andrew, shaking his head over the meager resources in his hands.[Read more…]