Now Jesus summoned His disciples and said, “I have compassion on the crowd, because they’ve already stayed with Me three days and have nothing to eat. I don’t want to send them away hungry; otherwise they might collapse on the way.” – Matthew 15:32
Jesus had compassion. He loved being with people. He encouraged them. He fed them. The miraculous feeding of thousands of people is the only miracle recorded in all four gospels, except for the Resurrection. It wasn’t the raising of the dead or healing the blind that captured the attention of so many people. It was feeding them.
This event would be equivalent today of filling an entire stadium with people, who have come to hear and see Jesus, and Jesus feeds them all from nothing. It was recorded four different times by four different men, and witnessed by thousands. Matthew even tells of it happening twice. If this event were not true, they would have easily been discredited. But they weren’t. Jesus can make something out of nothing. He can fill your needs.
As we begin this wonderful holiday season of Thanksgiving and Christmas, share your food, be compassionate, and help others. You will be blessed.
~ Matthew 15:32-37 Feeding of 4,000 ~
The disciples said to Him, “Where could we get enough bread in this desolate place to fill such a crowd?”
“How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked them.
“Seven,” they said, “and a few small fish.”
After commanding the crowd to sit down on the ground, Jesus took the seven loaves and the fish, and He gave thanks, broke them, and kept on giving them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were filled.
Jesus performed many miracles in his time, but the miracles were not intended for believers. They were to help them believe. As Christians today, we sometimes expect miracles as a sign of our faith. I first thought about listing some of the miracles I have experienced in my lifetime, but then I realized it is easy for me to see God’s wonders in the world because I believe. But what about miracles for the non-believer, to help them believe? That list was harder for me to come up with. Jesus still performs miracles today, but it is often through his faithful servants that these miracles are shown. Here are a few miracles I’ve seen for non-believers:
A mother prays for her prodigal son for twenty-five years. He is found unresponsive; no one knows how long he has been laying there still alive, but it is longer than medical science usually allows. Today he is a thriving family man and leader in his church.
A meth addict is at his very end. He is hungry and has no place to go. He can no longer take care of his family. Desperate, he goes to a church food pantry. They greet him as Jesus would greet him. Today he is a Sunday School teacher and leads mission trips.
The above picture. This is taken from the Atlanta Mission, an organization that is in the miracle business every day. Many lives are changed. Check out some of the videos at atlantamission.org for more great stories. Have some tissues handy.
~ Matthew 11:16-24 Jesus and Miracles ~
“To what should I compare this generation? It’s like children sitting in the marketplaces who call out to each other: We played the flute for you, but you didn’t dance; we sang a lament, but you didn’t mourn!
For John did not come eating or drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.
Then He proceeded to denounce the towns where most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent: Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented in sackcloth and ashes long ago. But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will go down to Hades. For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until today. But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”
Jesus said even Sodom would have repented at the sight of His miracles. I hope we do not think of ourselves better than Sodom and I hope we are not beyond believing in miracles.