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Bread and fish for 20,000 people according to John

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Bread and fish for 20,000 people according to John

John 6:1-14

John wrote for all people. He presented Jesus Christ as God, God Almighty.

The disciples had forgotten that they had the Lord Jesus with them, who is the Almighty God.

Looking at this miracle through the eyes of a child

What did the boy think that morning when he was leaving his home? His mother took care of him. She gave him what he needed for a lunch.


Philip was not ready to give 200 denarii. ‘We only have a little money: 200 denarii for 20,000 people.’ The need was 2,000 denarii. They only had 10%. It was too little for Philip to give to the Lord to buy food for the people. Philip had already seen the first miracle which was the turning of water into wine. In the meantime he also saw two healings: the son of a nobleman in Capernaum (John 4:46-54) and the paralytic man in Bethesda (John 5:1-8).


It was Andrew who noticed that the boy had something to give. Andrew came to the right child and brought all that the child had to give to the Lord Jesus.

The unnamed boy

He had almost nothing. The lunch of the boy cost perhaps less than 10% of one denarius. It meant that the disciples had 2,000 times more than the boy. The boy (perhaps he had not yet seen one of the miracles of Jesus) gave only 0.005% of the need. Little is much if God is in it. This boy became famous around the world because he was ready to give little. He started with what he had. God begins where we are and uses what we have!

God’s provision

God gave this unknown couple a son who was going to be part of God’s plan. It was God who arranged everything. God made opportunities for the boy’s father to work. Most likely he was a fisherman. God made the boy’s mother sensitive to the need of her son. She prepared the lunch for her son. She baked the bread and smoked the fish that the boy’s father perhaps caught. The boy was in the right place in the right time. It was late but he had not yet eaten his lunch. He gave what he had. He did not give much, but he gave everything. He gave everything to the Lord Jesus!

Little in the hands of Jesus

If the disciples tried to feed the people with that boy’s offering without the power of Jesus, only one person would have been fed. All the others would be hungry!

Warren W. Wiersbe: ‘A hungry world is feeding on empty substitutes while we deprive them of the Bread of life.’

The Lord Jesus multiplied

The Lord Jesus multiplied what the boy gave. He did not multiply what the disciples were not ready to give. Jesus put into practice the principle of multiplication! The Lord Jesus as God could make bread from stones or from nothing. He is Creator of all, but He chose to make much from a little!

The simple reality:
1. One little boy’s lunch satisfied many.
2. One little boy’s lunch made a difference.
3. One little boy’s lunch revealed the power of God.
4. One little boy’s lunch changed lives.
5. One little boy’s lunch strengthened people’s faith.

Dr. Czeslaw Bassara ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ;

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