After these things, Jesus went away to the other side of the sea of Galilee, which is also called the Sea of Tiberias. He took them, and withdrew apart to a deserted place of a city called Bethsaida. A great multitude saw them going, and many recognized him. Perceiving it …followed him …and ran there on foot from all the cities, because they saw his signs which he did on those who were sick. They arrived before them and came together to him.
Jesus went up into the mountain, but the multitudes followed him. He saw a great multitude; he welcomed them. He sat there with his disciples, and spoke to them of God’s Kingdom. He had compassion on them and healed their sick, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he cured those who needed healing.
When evening had come and it was late in the day, his disciples came to him, saying, “This place is deserted, and it is late in the day. Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and farms, and lodge; and buy themselves food – for they have nothing to eat.”
But Jesus answered them, “They don’t need to go away. You give them something to eat.” Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. Jesus therefore lifting up his eyes, and seeing that a great multitude was coming to him, said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, that these may eat?” This he said to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.
Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may receive a little.” They asked him, “Shall we go and buy bread, and give them something to eat?” He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go see.”
One of his disciples, Andrew (Simon Peter’s brother), said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these among so many, unless we should go and buy food for all these people?”” He said, “Bring them here to me.” Jesus said to his disciples, “Have the people sit down in groups of about fifty each.” Now there was much grass in that place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand (besides women and children). They sat down in ranks, by hundreds and by fifties.
Jesus took five loaves and the two fish; and having given thanks looking up to the sky, he blessed them, broke them and gave the loaves to the disciples to set before the multitude, and the disciples gave to those who were sitting down. Likewise, also he divided the two fish among them all.
They all ate as much as they desired. When they were filled, he said to his disciples, “Gather up the broken pieces which are left over, that nothing be lost.” So they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with broken pieces from the five barley loaves (and also of the fish), which were left over by those who had eaten. When therefore the people saw the sign which Jesus did, they said, “This is truly the prophet who comes into the world.”
Jesus therefore, perceiving that they were about to come and take him by force, to make him king, withdrew again to the mountain by himself. Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat, and to go ahead of him to the other side (Capernaum), while he sent the multitudes away. After he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into the mountain by himself to pray.
It was now dark when evening had come; he was there alone, his disciples boat was now in the middle of the sea, distressed by the waves, and he was alone on the land. The sea was tossed by a great wind blowing, and Jesus had not come to them; and they were afraid.
In the fourth watch of the night, they had rowed about twenty-five or thirty stadia. Seeing them distressed in rowing, for the wind was contrary to them Jesus came to them, walking on the sea. Drawing near to the boat, he would have passed by them. When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It’s a ghost!” and they cried out for fear.
But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying “Cheer up! It is I! Don’t be afraid.” Peter answered him and said, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the waters.” He said, “Come!” Peter stepped down from the boat, and walked on the waters to come to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was strong, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand, took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” They were willing therefore to receive him into the boat. When they got up into the boat with them; the wind ceased.
They were very amazed among themselves, and marveled; for they hadn’t understood about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened. Those who were in the boat came and worshiped him, saying, “You are truly the Son of God!” …immediately the boat was at the land where they were going (to the land of Gennesaret), and moored to the shore.
When they had come out of the boat; immediately the people of that place recognized him. They sent into all that whole surrounding region, brought to him all who were sick on their mats, to where they heard he was. They begged him that they might just touch the fringe of his garment.
As many as touched it were made whole.
Source Text Prioritization:
- Matthew 14:14-36
- John 6:1-21
- Mark 6:33-56
- Luke 9:10-17