An impossible task? (John 6:1-14)
This is one of the many wonderful stories that shows the power of our God. Power and abilities we can not fathom. Read these verses in the book of John;
After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples. Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do. Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.” One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.” John 6:1-14
Can you imagine what it must have been like to be there? To see a small basket with five loaves of bread and two fish to become enough food to feed 5,000 people. The disciples brought this basket to Jesus. He blessed it and prayed to give thanks. Then the miraculous happened. The basket became full. We don't know the exact details of how it appeared but we do know the food kept on coming. The five loaves and two fish became many loves and much more fish. Enough, as scripture says, to feed all that were there with as much as they wanted.
The story in these verses show the proof that the disciples alone could not solve the problem of feeding the people;
"But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Mat. 19:26
and how true it is, that our Lord is capable of doing the impossible. This is why we must put our faith in Jesus Christ. He alone is our salvation. He alone is our answer to "an impossible task". Let us remember this each and every time when we get overwhelmed with impossible tasks. Let us sit and be fed by His teachings, His comfort and His Love. Amen!