John 6:8,9 ¶ One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”
They started with scarce supplies and finished with full bellies and more left over than when they started. There was food for everyone, from the poor to the rich, the young and the old, for the men as well as the women and children. The feast that Jesus supplies is always more than enough for everyone. The natural man tends to hold back his resources thinking that he will never have enough. The little boy with the meager lunch was willing to give his lunch to Jesus. Jesus called this ‘child like faith’. This little boy had no hesitation in giving his lunch to the Lord, he knew something special was about to happen. He had seen what happens when Jesus touches something; blind eyes opened, cripples walked, lepers were cleansed and the deaf could hear. Why not give his lunch to Jesus, he knew something special was sure to happen. Here is how Charles Spurgeon describes this moment.
“No one was neglected, no one refused, no one was too faint, no one left till he was satisfied, no one needed anything else, no one found that the food did not suit him; for indeed they were all hungry, ‘and they all did eat’. No one stinted himself, or was stinted, all ‘were filled’. Ours is a filling Benefactor, and he provides filling food.
After the feast, twelve great baskets were needed to hold the fragments. It was impossible to exhaust the store. The baskets were full as well as the people. They gave plain bread and fish, and they receive more in quantity, and a blessing to improve the quality. Those who wait upon others at Christ’s bidding shall have a fair portion for themselves. Those who fill others’ mouths shall have their own baskets filled. Everybody is satisfied when Jesus makes the feast.”
Can you imagine what this young lad felt after the meeting was over? He had a full belly, more food in his pockets than he started with, and a brand new life. After a day like this, his life could never be the same. He has tasted the bread from heaven, he was so glad he had given Jesus his lunch.