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The passage in John 6:1-58 is one which continually stirs thoughts. Jesus feeds the five thousand after posing a question to Philip. Where are we to buy bread, so that these may eat?” (John 6:5, NASB)

I love that Jesus asked a question of Philip, already knowing He was the only One with the answer. Jesus already knew what He was going to do.

In this scenario, we can see four possibilities:

  • send the people away
  • raise money to feed the people
  • use a boy’s small lunch that hardly seems ample for the crowd
  • And then Jesus – takes the boy’s lunch, blesses it, breaks it apart and hands it to the disciples to disperse.

We can laugh at the first three suggestions as they are sort of funny. But then … how many times do we also make suggestions to the Lord on how to satisfy us or fill our needs.

“Jesus pointed out that there are two kinds of food: food for the body, which is necessary but not the most important, and food for the inner man, the spirit, which is essential.”


(from the Wiersbe Study Bible, page 1558)

The question I find myself asking is this: Do I (we) want what is necessary and not important, or what is essential?

Only Jesus can give us what is essential in this life and in the life to come, I would add.

“We may still find ourselves hungry for satisfaction in other places. We can look to success, personal affirmation, or financial gain to make us feel satisfied. But we can benefit from Jesus’ exhortation not to pursue food that does not last.”


(from I AM: Who Jesus is Changes Everything, by The Daily Grace Co., page 33)

May we feed on that which
Jesus gives to us so that
our souls would truly find satisfaction only in Him.


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