The Feeding of the 5,000, from Matthew 14, Mark 6, Luke 9
Big Idea for Parents
What points of connection might your child(ren) have with the boy who brought his lunch to Jesus? Do they only have a little patience, or a few friendships, or do they lack the resources to do something they’d really like to do? This story is an invitation to bring the little we have to Jesus in prayer when we are confronted with a situation that is more than we can handle. Jesus is able to take the little we have, bless it and multiply it. The point isn’t that we bring things to Jesus just to get something back from him. The point is that we are freed to bring him whatever we have … and leave the results up to him.
If someone told you that they fed five thousand people with only five loaves of bread and two fish, you might think they were crazy! But there is Someone who can do something that amazing – the One who made the bread and the fish in the first place. Let’s read about how Jesus fed some hungry people (read pages 244-249).
- Why do you think people loved to listen to Jesus talk?
- Even if we just have a little bit, Jesus can do great things with it! What would you like to bring to Jesus and ask him to bless?
- How do we know that Jesus loves us even if he doesn’t do a miracle for us?
Heavenly Father, nothing is too hard for you. Please take the little we have, whether it be our talents, our treasures or our time - and multiply it! We leave the results up to you and only ask that somehow through the work you’re doing in our lives more people would know just how much you love them, in Jesus name, Amen.