Feeding the five Thousand
The feeding of the five thousand is the only miracle that is recorded in all four gospels.
This is significant. Unlike most of the miracles, it was done in full view of the crowd, the motive for this was compassion for the hungry.
It is not clear how far the crowd would have understood the miraculous nature of the act.. Maybe it was a bit like at the wedding in Cana in Galilee when Jesus turned the water into wine, the disciples understood while the others only knew that their needs were supplied, they were fed. They got what they wanted and needed.
The crowd were more than satisfied; they were delighted, their response was to proclaim that ‘ This is the Man for us’. They were prepared to follow a man like that. They must have listened to His teaching and been impressed otherwise they would have gone home afterthey were fed. They were fed not only with food for their body, they were fed with food for their soul and they were aware of that.
The attitude of the crowd had an effect on Jesus, when He saw what the crowd wanted of Him, to be the One who would lead an uprising against the Romans He wanted to get away.
Popularity with the crowd could be dangerous, especially if it were for the wrong reason.. In His teachings Jesus talked about being the Bread of Life and giving them His flesh to eat. Unless they accepted this they would have no life. This wasall a bit too much for some of them who went away puzzled and disappointed.
To experience the life that Christ has promised can be ours, we have to accept all the claims of Christ and submit ourselves to His will. That promises a wonderful future.