Jesus Feeds 5,000

Combines Luke 9:10-17, Matthew 14:13-21, John 6:1-14

The passover, a feast of the Jews, was near.
Jesus departed with his disciples by ship
and went aside privately into a desert place
belonging to the city called Bethsaida.

He went up into a mountain
and sat with his disciples.

When the people heard of it,
they followed him on foot out of the cities.

Jesus lifted up his eyes
and saw a great crowd coming to him.
He was moved with compassion toward them.
He received them and spoke to them
about the kingdom of God
and healed those who had need of healing.

When it was evening,
his disciples came to him, and said,
“Send the crowd away,
so they can go into the villages
and lodge and buy food.”

But Jesus said to them,
“They don’t need to leave;
give them food to eat.”

Jesus asked Philip,
“Where shall we buy bread that these may eat?”
He asked this to prove Philip,
for he himself knew what he would do.

Philip answered him,
“Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not enough
for every one of them to take only a little”
for there were about five thousand men.

Andrew said to Jesus,
“There is a lad here,
who has five barley loaves,
and two small fish,
but what are they among so many?”

Jesus said, “Bring them here to me.”

He told the disciples to make the men sit down on the grass –
for there was much grass in the place –
by fifties in a company.

And they did so,
and made them all sit down.

Jesus took the five loaves
and the two fish.
Looking up to heaven, he blessed them,
and broke them.

He gave the pieces to his disciples,
and the disciples gave them to the crowd.
They did all eat, and were all filled.

Then Jesus said to his disciples,
“Gather up the fragments that remain,
that nothing be lost.”

So they gathered the remains together
and filled twelve baskets with the fragments.

Then those men,
when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did,
said, “This is of a truth the Messiah
that should come into the world.”

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