Bible Story

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Unit 24, Session 2: Jesus Fed a Crowd

Jesus’ disciples had been working hard, teaching people and healing them. Jesus called them to go away with Him to a desolate place so they could rest. By now, Jesus’ popularity was so great that finding a place to be alone was difficult. When Jesus and His disciples crossed the Sea of Galilee, the crowd of people were already waiting for them on the other side.

Jesus saw the crowds, but He wasn’t frustrated or angry. He didn’t tell them to go away. Instead, He had compassion on them because they were lost—like sheep without a shepherd. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who seeks and saves the lost. (See Luke 19:10; John 10:14.)

The miracle Jesus performed that evening—feeding 5,000 men plus women and children—is the only miracle during Jesus’ earthly ministry that is recorded in all four Gospels. The same God who provided manna for the Israelites in the wilderness multiplied loaves and fish to satisfy the crowd.

But Jesus’ didn’t intend to only meet people's physical needs. He came to satisfy their spiritual needs as well. In John 6:35, Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.” He said that no one who comes to Him will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Him will ever be thirsty again.

Jesus is the bread that came down from heaven. (See John 6:41.) God provided His Son as the perfect sacrifice to take away our sins. At the first Lord’s Supper, Jesus broke bread—a symbol of His death on the cross. (See Matt. 26:26.)

By feeding the five thousand, Jesus provided for the physical needs of the crowd. The next day, Jesus called Himself the bread of life. (John 6:35) Only Jesus is able to satisfy our souls forever by providing forgiveness, peace with God, and eternal life.


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Jesus Fed a Crowd
 (Matthew 14; Mark 6; Luke 9; John 6)

 

By feeding the five thousand, Jesus provided for the physical needs of the crowd. The next day, Jesus called Himself the bread of life. (John 6:35) Only Jesus is able to satisfy our souls forever by providing forgiveness, peace with God, and eternal life.


STORY POINT:

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KEY VERSE:

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BIG PICTURE
QUESTION:

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Family Discussion Questions

  • How do you think Jesus’ disciples felt about the crowd of people?
  • How did Jesus feel about the crowd of people?
  • How can our souls be satisfied?
  • Why was Jesus feeding the crowd of people a miracle?
  •  How does Jesus give us what we need the most?

Worship

Game Ideas

Hot Loaf
 

-Instruct your kids to sit in a circle.
 
-Provide one kid with a beanbag, paper wad, or small ball.
 
-Tell him to imagine it is a hot loaf of bread fresh from an oven.
 
-Play music or sing a song. While the music plays, the kids will pass the “loaf”
around the circle.
 
-At random intervals, stop the music.
 
-The kid holding the “loaf” must say how much bread she could eat and then sit out the rest of the round.
 
-Play as time allows or until one kid remains.
 
 
 

                                                                     CONNECTION:

One loaf of bread might be enough for all of us to eat, but do you think five loaves would be enough for more than 5,000 people? No way! Today we will learn about a time Jesus used five loaves to miraculously feed thousands and thousands of people.

Play Out a Picnic
 

-Set out a picnic basket, blanket, plastic picnic dishes, and
play food.
 
-Encourage children to spread out the blanket and arrange the dishes on the blanket as if they are sitting down for a picnic.
 
-Then, encourage the children to place the food on the dishes and pretend that they are having an outdoor picnic.

 
 
CONNECTION:
 
Today, we will hear a Bible story about how Jesus fed a crowd of people after He finished teaching them about God. They ate their food while seated on the ground outside. It was a little like our picnic here.

Serving
Jesus

Have you heard?  We are beginning to re-open childrens classes at Blackahwk Kids!

As you can imagine, this takes many hands. Would you consider serving in a classroom, signing in the kid's worship team, manning the welcome desk, etc.? If you are interested, contact Leah at Lhilton@blackhawkministries.org for more information.