After Feeding Five Thousand
Therefore when the people saw the sign which He had performed, they said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”
So Jesus, perceiving that they were
intending to come and take Him
to make Him king,
withdrew again to the mountain
by Himself alone.
– John 6:14-15
many lessons in the loaves and fishes
Most of us have heard and read the stories in the gospels of the two times Jesus multiplied available food to miraculously meet the needs of huge crowds. There are manifold lessons for us here on faith, giving, and the authority of Jesus.
A road less traveled
Like Robert Frost, in his poem, “The Road Not Taken,” we are going down a less traveled path in the analysis of this story. The crowd had seen healing miracles and the multiplication of the loaves and fishes to meet their needs for food. Now they wanted this leader to be their king, and they were willing to force the issue with violence. Jesus gave them food. He also gave them healing. This would have been the ideal campaign for presidential candidates in America. It is arguably what won the election for Obama.
But when faced with that kind of support, the true Messiah would have none of it. He was not a community organizer. He was, Himself, the Bread from Heaven. When He told them this message, what did they do? They rejected Him.
They wanted a Food Stamp and Health Care messiah.
Why would Jesus give up that support?
Simple answer: That kind of victory would be “off message.” It was absolutely not what the Father had sent Him to do. The devil had already tempted Him by offering all the kingdoms of the earth, and He rejected it.
Find me a leader in Washington DC with that kind of integrity.
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