Hey BridgeKids Families!
Jesus’ disciples had been working hard, teaching people and healing them. Jesus called them to go away with Him to a desolate place so they could rest. By now, Jesus’ popularity was so great that finding a place to be alone was difficult. When Jesus and His disciples crossed the Sea of Galilee, the crowd of people were already waiting for them on the other side.
Open your Bibles to Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; John 6:1-14. If you have younger kids you can use a story Bible to read it with them. Here you will read about how Jesus saw the crowds. He wasn’t frustrated or angry. He didn’t tell them to go away. Instead, He had compassion on them because they were lost—like sheep without a shepherd. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who seeks and saves the lost. (See Luke 19:10; John 10:14.)
The miracle Jesus performed that evening—feeding 5,000 men plus women and children—is the only miracle during Jesus’ earthly ministry that is recorded in all four Gospels. God was clearly at work. The same God who provided manna for the Israelites in the wilderness multiplied loaves and fish to satisfy the crowd.
By feeding the five thousand, Jesus provided for the physical needs of the crowd. The next day, Jesus called Himself the bread of life. (John 6:35) Only Jesus is able to satisfy our souls forever by providing forgiveness, friendship with God, and eternal life.
But Jesus didn’t intend to only meet the people’s physical needs. He came to satisfy their spiritual needs as well. No one who comes to Jesus will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Him will ever be thirsty again.
Jesus is the bread that came down from heaven. (See John 6:41.) God provided His Son as the perfect sacrifice to take away our sin. At the first Lord’s Supper, Jesus broke bread—a symbol of His death on the cross. (See Matt. 26:26.)
As you talk about this Bible story, help your kids know that God can and will provide for our needs. We can trust Him for our “daily bread.” (See Matt. 6:11.) God met our greatest need in giving us salvation through Jesus. Will He not graciously give us all things? (Rom. 8:32)
Ask the questions:
- Why did Jesus teach the people and heal them? (because He cared about them)
- Why did Jesus’ friends tell Jesus to tell the people to leave? (so they could go get something to eat)
- Why did Jesus’ friends think they could not feed the people? (There were too many people.)
- What did Jesus do with the boy’s five loaves of bread and two fish? (blessed it and broke it into pieces)
- How many baskets full of leftover food did Jesus’ friends collect? (12)
- It’s Time to Make Room for More: On December 2nd, we will kick off our Christmas series by adding another Sunday morning Worship Experience. Lately, people have had a hard time finding parking spots close to the building. Even the auditorium is feeling pretty tight. So let’s make more room. By adding another service, we open up 250 seats for people to join this booming movement. Each chair represents a life, a family, a part of our community. Be thinking now of someone you would like to see in one of those seats. Our new service times will be 8:30, 10 and 11:30am.
- BridgeKids Offering – Our kids are collecting our offering to be able to buy a family in need Christmas gifts this year.
- Memory Verse – John 20:31 – These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.