September 27
Mark 6:30-44, John 6:1-13

Jesus feeds a great crowd

The disciples, who had gone out to teach and preach, returned to Jesus very excited and told Him all that had happened.

Jesus said to His disciples, “Come with Me to a quiet place and get some rest.” They got into a boat and crossed the Sea of Galilee to get away from the crowd. But when the people saw them, they ran around the lake and met them on the other side.

Jesus went up a hill and sat down with his disciples. When He looked up and saw the great crowd coming toward Him, He asked, “Where will we get enough food to feed all these people?”

Peter’s brother Andrew said, “There is a boy here with five small loaves of bread and two fish.”

Jesus took the loaves and fish and gave thanks to God. Then He broke the loaves and gave the pieces to the disciples to hand to the people. After this, He divided the two fish in the same way. When everyone had eaten enough, Jesus said to His disciples, “Let nothing be wasted. Gather up the food that is left.” When they had collected all the leftovers, they had twelve baskets full.

What did Jesus teach us about wasting and littering?

If Jesus could feed more than five thousand people from one boy’s lunch, He could have made as much food as He wanted, whenever He wanted. Yet Jesus did not use His power to make loads of delicious food for Himself and His friends. In fact, one day while walking through a field, His disciples were so hungry that they ate kernels of grain (Luke 6:1). Jesus showed us that we should...

  • not always want the best or most expensive things;
  • not waste or throw away what others can use;
  • not litter the countryside (or any other place);
  • be grateful for what we have and give thanks to God.

Verse for today

 Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.” John 6:48