Offering Thanks Works!
Today, not far from the town of Bethsaida in Israel, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, gathered together in a grassy area, the Nazarene Man filled the stomachs of 5,000 men (total does not reflect women and children in attendance). The wondrous deed was not done through the typical process of planning and preparation of food, but was accomplished on-the-spot by His looking into the heavens and giving thanks!
Crowds were seen traveling on foot from nearby towns to follow the Nazarene, whose name is appropriately given as Jesus (Savior). Sources close to Jesus confirm He sought solitude with His chosen twelve disciples, after receiving confirmed news of the beheading of His beloved cousin John the Baptist.
Sheep without a shepherd.
It has also been confirmed Jesus considered the crowd as sheep without a shepherd, so He had compassion on them. The Nazarene lovingly healed the sick and spoke to the encompassing crowd regarding the kingdom of God.
As night approached, it was reported Jesus’ select twelve disciples urged He send the crowds away to find their own food and lodging. GPS data reveals the shores of the Sea of Galilee offer little convenience food. And rumor has it that Judas, one of the twelve and keeper of the money bag, did not budget for the disciples to scatter into nearby villages in order to purchase quantities of food for a multitude such as this.
Large crowd too expensive to feed.
Another disciple, Philip, was overheard making a statement estimating the amount of money required to simply purchase bread for a crowd in the thousands: “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
An unbiased source close to the Nazarene also confirms Jesus was against the disciples’ decision to send the crowd away in search of food. This source shared Jesus’ personal commentary on the matter: “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
Upon hearing their Teacher’s words, Andrew, another disciple who is a fisherman by trade spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
It seems apparent negativity runs rampant among Jesus’ own 12 disciples. Documentation does reveal His hometown of Nazareth has taken offense at Him. Yet this Jesus, also know as:
- JUDGE OF ISRAEL
- KING OF KINGS
- LORD OF LORDS
speaks often of saving all of mankind. The disciple called John quoted Jesus as saying “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Crowd was organized.
Eyewitnesses report Jesus then directed the people to sit down on the grass, specifically in groups of 50. There is no confirmation as to how much time was required for the task of settling the 5,000 men plus women and children into organized groups. However, immediately upon completion eyewitness again describe what the Nazarene did –
Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
On this day in Galilee, Jesus the Nazarene did what many considered to be an impossibility.
Jesus met the physical and spiritual needs of a crowd of over 5,000; He healed their sick, and He shared The Word. Actions reveal the Nazarene Man lives the power of God.
Experts say because Jesus simply offered thanks to The Father for what little food He had to share, God blessed those five loaves of bread and two fish by increasing their abundance to the point of twelve baskets of food to spare after everyone had eaten and was satisfied.
Proof that history reveals: When we lift up God’s name in thankfulness, blessings happen!