The Bread of Life
By Jacqueline Jordan
“It was near Passover time in Israel – the Days of Unleavened Bread. Jesus had just performed a miracle, feeding thousands of people with no more than the contents of a family picnic basket. The people he fed recognized Jesus as “the Prophet who is to come into the world.” This was the Prophet about whom Moses had instructed them in Deuteronomy 18:15 and they were ready to take Jesus by force to make Him their king.
Feeding the multitude is the only miracle of Jesus’ ministry to be recorded in all four gospels. The three synoptic gospels – Matthew, Mark and Luke – describe the event, but only John’s gospel goes on to recount what happened afterwards.
To escape their intention to make Him king, Jesus went up by Himself to the mountain from which they had just descended. When Jesus did not appear by late evening, his disciples went on without Him, by boat, over the sea toward Capernaum. Jesus caught up with his disciples later – by walking on water to their boat.
The next day, men who had been present at the miracle of loaves and fishes arrived in Capernaum by boat, seeking Jesus. They questioned Him about when and how He had arrived. But instead of answering their questions, Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”…”
(this article is an excerpt from the July-August 2016 edition of the Sabbath Sentinel)
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