Jesus presents an entirely different kind of world, one infused with the mystery of abundance and a cross-shaped, sacrificial generosity. Five thousand are fed and 12 baskets of food are left over – one for every tribe of Israel. Jesus transforms the world by blessing it and breaking it beyond our narrow self-interest. The feeding of the 5,000 and Jesus’ walking on the water are both quality miracles. They show us the abundance of God’s care for us, the desire of God to give us the bread of life, and the promise that Jesus will be with us in the darkest and scariest moments of our lives. When it comes to miracles, 5,000 always communicates quality. In every time and place and situation, God wants to give us nothing but the best.
- John 6:1-21