The Morality of Jesus in Feeding the Multitude – 4 of 8

When some people hear the story of how Jesus fed a multitude with five barley loaves and two fish, they stumble at the supernatural aspect.  However, I have always been just as impressed with the morality seen in this story as I have been the miraculous.  Let us count the ways.  I list seven – one day at a time.

1. Jesus had been preaching to thousands for some time and became concerned about their lack of sustenance.  Jesus was willing to have compassion on others and go out of His way to help them.  Do you provide food to people in such situations or are you more focused on when and where you’re going to have your own lunch?  Even if you are more thoughtful of other people’s lunches than you are your own, most people aren’t.

2. Jesus was willing to give up what was His in order to make sure others were fed.  Those loaves and fishes were going to be Jesus’ own source of sustenance.  He was giving that up.  Even people who are concerned about others getting fed don’t usually give up their own food in order to make sure it happens.  Jesus had compassion on others and was willing to sacrifice what was His in order to fulfill that compassion.

3.  Jesus could have ignored the hunger of the people by focusing more on His own importance – and no one would have faulted Him for that.  “After all,” He could have said to Himself, “I’m on a mission to save the world and can’t be bothered with the temporal needs of these people.”  His disciples even discouraged Him from His interest in the people’s hunger.  Thus it wasn’t just Jesus’ compassion at work – it was His humility as well.

4. Jesus was giving away the sustenance of His followers, too.  In other words, the fish and loaves He was going to give away were not just His, they were to have comprised  the meal for His apostles, too.  How many leaders do you know who are willing to deprive their staffs in order to meet the needs of others?  More pointedly, how many leaders could keep their staffs around if they did such things?  That Jesus could continue to command the loyalty of His staff when He gave away their lunch says something profound.

Bible notes on this post.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ to those who want to hear about Him without having to join a church – or anything else – but Him.

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