Feeding the 5000 – click on this link to watch
I love this video (it’s the latest in The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos). It says to me that the Saviour can do the same with our lives: He can make miracles with the insufficient, broken, halting pieces that we bring, and make them enough. In fact, He can make them more than enough, as He did with this multitude. They had twelve baskets full of leftovers! (It sounds a bit like Christmas lunch – except that starts with a lot. This began with five loaves of bread and two fish. For 5000 people). Those paltry beginnings might sound measly to us, but they were sufficient to the Lord; to Him, they were the beginning of great things. Like us, and our seemingly completely inadequate goodnesses and talents. Like people we want to pray for, but are skeptical of the miracles required to fulfill our hopes for them.
And I love the joy, or rather enjoyment, shown in this portrayal of the Saviour as He takes up the challenge His disciples offer, and prays to His Father – knowing what will come. I love it! Did I say that? Notice, too, that He would not turn stones into bread for Himself, as Satan suggested, when fasting in the wilderness. But He multiplied bread for others – 5000 hungry others – even when they could have gone “into the villages” to buy food for themselves. Isn’t it beautiful?
I love these videos because, besides the fantastic music, seeing these events that we read about in print depicted in sound and colour, with the opportunity to observe for ourselves what it might have been like in reality, opens up truths – impressions – that I hadn’t considered. They’re little inspiring, thought-provoking, wonderfully-uplifting gems.