Before the invention of insulated lunch bags, kids brought decorative lunch boxes to school with their favorite cartoon characters or television show on the outside and thermos. Meanwhile, adults brought coolers or metal containers which resembled a toolbox to their workplace. Although teasing did occur on some levels within society, what’s was in your lunch box is what got people’s attention.
In the days of Jesus, one of his disciples claimed he performed so many miracles on a daily basis that if each one was written down, there would not be enough library books in the world to cover them, John 21:25. Of the miracles of Jesus recorded in the Bible, only one appears in all 4 gospels, the feeding of the 5000. Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:32-44, Luke 9:10-17 and John 6:1-13 detail this supernatural experience. While there are many theories why God chose this particular event to be covered by all 4 authors, the answer lies in the lunch box of a poor young boy.
Luke, a physician who accompanied the apostle Paul on some of his mission trips, explains the dire situation leading up to Jesus’ miracle, over 5000 people are in a remote place without any access to food, Luke 9:12-13. Meanwhile, only one disciple records the source of their food, a young boy who offered his small lunch: 5 wafers and 2 sardines, John 6:9. In view of this information, most of the disciples likely shared Philip’s sentiments in John 6:7, “no way Jesus, we don’t have the time or money to help these starving people!” Andrew, the brother of Peter, made a suggestion, yet even he had his doubts, John 6:9.
Today, millions of people worldwide are in desperate need of a miracle, either in the form of clothing, food or shelter. Others are still searching for a full time job to provide for their family, humbling themselves to do whatever it takes to survive. In the end, all Jesus is looking for in people is faith like a mustard seed, Mark 4:30-32. May you step out in faith, like this little poor boy, sharing his lunch with thousands, setting the scene for a memorable miracle from God.
Feel free to comment below, sharing what miracle you are hoping, longing and praying for.
by Jay Mankus