First From His Hands

Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. Luke 9:16 (NLT)

This verse is from the story where Jesus fed the 5,000 (that number didn't count the families with them). The crowd had been following him around all day. The disciples were ready to send them home to fend for themselves but Jesus had another idea. He pushed the disciples to come up with a plan to feed them. He asked them for suggestions but they were stumped. It looked like an impossible situation. And from a human perspective, it was.

Queue the Jesus factor. We don't queue this a lot. We look at our situations and say "Nope, impossible. Let's all go home." But Jesus always has another idea and another plan. What I love about this story is Jesus' personal involvement. The disciples brought him the fish, he thanked God for them and then with his own hands he broke the loaves and fish into the portions needed for the people and gave them to the disciples to hand out.

Could Jesus have just said "divide into multiple pieces enough for everyone" and then looked at the disciples and said, "There you go, pass them out." Yes. But he didn't. He handled each piece of food and gave the food to the disciples to distribute.

I think Jesus is still working this way. We look at our situation. We call it impossible. Jesus says "How about this?" and gives us our portion to digest and be filled. Then he says, take what I've given you and pass it on. Share it so others can be filled also.

This salvation thing is never meant to be isolated between us and God. It is always meant to be re-given, over and over again. As many times as Jesus hands you food, that is how many times you are to share it with others.