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Now That's a Miracle!
Lesson Title: Jesus Feeds the 5,000 - Jesus shows compassion through the miracles of healing the sick and providing food for thousands of hungry people from only five loaves of bread and two fish.
Scripture: Matthew 14
Wonder Truth: Jesus Shows Compassion
Foundational Building Block
Jesus feeds a crowd of 5,000 people, which is amazing since the populations of the largest villages in Galilee numbered about 3,000 people. That number doesn’t include the women and children, who, according to Jewish tradition, would have been separated from the men.
After hearing that Herod was comparing Him to the now deceased John the Baptist, Jesus withdraws to a solitary place, maybe to escape the threat of Herod and the pressing crowds. Even in His moment of escape, He is found by the crowds and has compassion on them.
Bible scholars cannot say with certainty where Jesus performed this miracle. Generally, this event is thought to have taken place near Bethsaida, which seems to be consistent with Jesus’ travels.
The book of Matthew follows a progression of the rise and rejection of Jesus as King. This particular miracle shows how people are responding to Jesus and His response to them, as well as His relationship with His disciples in preparation for His death.
All of Jesus’ miracles show His power and help us know that He is truly God. But on this occasion, Jesus also showed the great compassion He has for people. He met the needs of people by healing the sick and feeding the hungry.
Everywhere Jesus walked, people were changed. Over and over the gospels reveal a flesh- wearing God who wasn’t preoccupied by where He was going but was fully present to the people He encountered along the way. In this series, kids will encounter a Jesus who is fully love yet unfathomably powerful. They will encounter a Jesus whose words command nature to obey and whose compassion for the hungry crowds compels Him to do the impossible—a Jesus who heals a blind man and a sick woman, commands a girl who has died to get up, and strolls across storm- tossed waters. In this series, kids will encounter a miracle-working Jesus who sees them, loves them, and will stop at nothing to be with them.
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