Mondays on the Apex Parents Blog we recap the previous weekend’s lesson taught in the 45K hall and KidLife. This is a way for parents to reinforce the lesson and keep the conversation going during the week. This is one way we seek to connect the church and the home.
Summary: Jesus Feeds the Multitude (Matthew 14:13-21; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-15)
When Jesus heard about the death of his cousin, John the Baptist, he took a boat somewhere to be alone. Crowds of people heard about where he was and found him. He had compassion on them and healed the sick. His disciples came to him and advised him to send the people away to nearby towns where they could get food for themselves since it was getting late. Jesus told them, “You give them something to eat.”
The problem was there were 5,000 and that was just the men! It would have cost a lot of money and all they had was five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus had the people sit in groups and he said a blessing and broke the bread. Somehow the bread didn’t run out! Everyone had plenty to eat, in fact there were leftovers (twelve baskets full). It was a miracle!
The people were amazed. Jesus went away to a mountain as he knew they wanted to force him to be king.
Ask Your Kids:
1. What did the disciples want Jesus to tell the crowd? How did Jesus respond?
2. What was the problem with feeding the crowd (according to the disciples?)
3. What happened next? Why did Jesus go away when it was over?
Even though Jesus was seeking a place to be alone, he had compassion on the crowd that found him and healed them. He also had compassion on them in their hunger and worked a miracle to feed them. This is just a glimpse of the compassion that Jesus has on people who have a deeper need — a hunger of the spirit. He provides more than bread. His body was broken on the cross for sinners.
He left after the meal because the people wanted to make him king. It wasn’t time for him to be king. Plus, he wasn’t the kind of king they wanted anyway (a military leader to fight Rome). Jesus came to fight a greater enemy and win a greater victory.