Jesus Feeds Five Thousand

Age 5+: Read Matthew 14:13-21, John 6:1-15
Under 5: Read about the feeding of five thousand from a children's story bible or the short summary below.

Five thousand people gathered to see Jesus. That's a lot of people! Jesus cared for them and healed their sick people. But when it came time to eat and the people started getting hungry, the disciples didn't know how they were going to feed everyone. They knew it would cost a lot of money to buy food for all those people. The disciple Andrew came to Jesus with a small boy who offered to share all he had: five small loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus asked all the people to sit down. Then Jesus took the loaves and gave thanks to God. He passed out the bread to all the people and gave them as much as they wanted, and he did the same with the fish. When everyone had enough to eat, Jesus asked his disciples to gather the leftovers. They filled twelve baskets! The people saw and recognized the miracle that Jesus did.

Preschool questions:
How many people came to see Jesus? Five thousand.
What did the people eat? Bread and fish.
Who offered to share his bread and fish? A young boy.

Elementary questions:
Can Jesus use you to do His work? Yes, it doesn't matter how much or how little we have. We just have to be willing to do what we can.
How did Jesus feed all the people with only five loaves of bread and two fish? Jesus performed a miracle.
What is a miracle? Something that is not possible without God.

Preteen application:
Is anyone too young (or poor, or unimportant) to do something for Jesus? No. God often uses those who are considered weak or foolish by men. Read 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 for more.
Can Jesus provide all the things you need? Yes, Jesus proved here that he could heal the people of their illness, and also provide food for them as well. Jesus is the bread of life.

Memory Verse: John 6:48 “I am the bread of life.” (NIV)

Journal (age 8+) Copy memory verse, write if you have ever experienced a miracle, and write down any prayer requests.

Journal (age 3+) Draw and color a picture of the five loaves of bread and two fish. Copy memory verse if able.

Optional Activity: Discuss some ways that you can help Jesus. (obey parents, study the Bible, tell others about Jesus, tell the truth, be kind to others, share, etc.)

Prayer: Praise and thank God, ask for forgiveness, submit any prayer requests.

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