Jesus Feeds Five Thousand
To Remember: Everyone can help Jesus

  • Miracle: When God does something man cannot do, like heal of feed many from little food
Lesson - Matt 14:13-21, John 6:1-14

Matt. 14:13-21 13 When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities. 14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. 15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. 16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. 17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. 18 He said, Bring them hither to me. 19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. 20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. 21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

Life of Jesus Bingo Jesus spent the whole day healing people who were sick and performing miracles throughout the crowd. But when it came time to eat, the disciples did not know how they would feed everyone. Jesus feed 5,000 with only a few loaves of bread and fishes.

Jesus had proven that not only could he heal people of their illnesses, he could provide their basic needs, such as food, as well. And to do this, he used what little a young boy could provide. It doesn't matter how much or how little we have, Jesus can use us for his work. We simply must be willing to do what we can for Him

True or False
  1. Jesus had no use for children.   F
  2. 5,000 was too many people for Jesus to feed.   F
  3. The disciples collected 12 baskets of leftover food.  T
  4. Jesus makes sure we have what we need. T
  5. We can help Jesus today, even if we don't have much.  T
Sing: Five Loaves and Two Fishes, by Sharon Broome (click for lyrics)

Discussion: What are some ways we can help Jesus?
  • share with others
  • tell others about Jesus
  • obey our parents
  • study the Bible
  • tell the truth
  • do nice things for others
  • Memory Work
    • John 6:48 I am the bread of life.
    • Matthew 6:34Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
    • Fill a construction paper basket (envelope) with cut out fishes and loaves of bread.
    • Collage: cut out pictures of food from magazines and paste onto construction paper.
    wpe6.jpg (24412 bytes)Worksheet

    Review Questions (can be used with gameboard)
    linguistic questions
    1. What is a miracle?
    2. Who is the bread of life?
      activity questions
    1. From the worksheet, pick the basket that is different from the rest.
    2. Pretend you are there and that you are eating the food Jesus made for you.
      emotion questions
    1. Which is more amazing to you, that Jesus can feed five thousand people or that He can heal illnesses?
    2. How do you think the boy felt when He saw Jesus use his meager lunch to feed over 5,000 people?
    application questions
    1. Can Jesus provide all the things I need?
    2. Is anyone too young (poor, untalented, etc.) to do anything for Jesus?
    fact questions
    1. If Jesus fed just the 5,000 men with five loaves of bread, how many loaves did He miraculously create?
    2. Name 3 of Jesus' disciples.
    review questions
    1. Did Jesus call up food every time He or his friends were hungry?
    2. Why did He feed the people miraculously when He could have sent them away?