MULTIPLY

Mk.6:41-44 – And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fish He divided among them all. So they all ate and were filled. And they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish. Now those who had eaten the loaves were about five thousand men.

You ever think about what this miracle looked like? I have, actually I have thought a lot about this miracle. First it started with the new surge of crowds following Jesus. John the Baptist had recently been beheaded for preaching against Herod’s immorality. The crowds that had been following John began to follow Jesus. This particular season started out with Jesus seeing the hurting people in the mass of humanity that was trying to get near Him. The estimates of the crowd size was 15,000 to 20,000. Think about it, 5000 men plus women and children. There are always more women in services and who knows how many children were there. In a crowd like this you had the blind, the deaf, the lame, the maimed, and any other malady you could imagine. Matthew said that Jesus felt compassion for them and began to heal their sick. Miracles were happening everywhere. Mark said the people in the crowd were like sheep without a shepherd; Jesus began to teach them.

These events were going on over a series of three days. Obviously none of this was planned, people stayed longer than they thought, and supplies had run out. That’s when the great miracle happened, Jesus saw their hunger and decided to feed this massive crowd. The disciples were quite scared, “You give them something to eat”, Jesus challenged them. Andrew chimed in, “All we have is a little boy with his lunch”.

“That’s good, have the people sit down”, the Lord responded.

Jesus looked to heaven, blessed the bread and fish, and handed pieces to His disciples. This is what grabbed my attention, the way Mark said it, Jesus kept giving bread and fish to His disciples. Each time He gave bread and fish to one disciple, there was more in His hands. The miracle was happening in His hand, that’s where miracles always happen, in the hand of the Lord.

Jesus is still a miracle worker, miracles are always streaming from His hands. Maybe you are in a place where what you possess is not sufficient, put what you have; better yet, put your life in His hand. Before you know it your bread and fish will begin to multiply.

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