Event: Jesus Feeding the Five Thousand (also known as the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes)
Location: Near Bethsaida
When: Second Galilean Ministry of Jesus
Scriptural Reference: Matt 14:16–21; Mark 6:33–44; Luke 9:11–17; John 6:5–14
Summary: Some friends came to Jesus and told him that John the Baptist had been killed. When Jesus heard this, he went to the Sea of Galilee to be alone, but many people knew where he was and came to hear him teach. Jesus taught the people, more than five thousand of them, all day. In the evening, it was time to eat, and the people did not have any food. Jesus told the disciples to look for food, and they found one boy with five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus blessed the bread and the fish and broke them into pieces. The disciples passed the pieces of food around for the people to eat and there was more than enough food for all of them. When they were all full, they collected 12 baskets of left overs. It was a miracle.
Scriptural Account: Jesus Feeding Five Thousand
Matthew 14:13–23 — “When Jesus heard of [the beheading of John the Baptist], 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.
“And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
“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.
“But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
“And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
“He said, Bring them hither to me.
“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.
“And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
“And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
“And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
“And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.”
Conclusion: This dramatic miracle— the feeding of five thousand–marks the commencement of the third year of Jesus’ ministry. Because of this miracle, many of the Jews sought to make Jesus their king, but he refused. The Savior reprimands the people that have followed him, not because they wished to obey his teachings, but because he has fed them. Jesus will soon hereafter deliver his great discourse on the Bread of Life, where he talks about spiritual food that they could eat and never go hungry again. With the miracle of the feeding of five thousand, it appears that Jesus reaches the highest point of his popularity with the masses. Following His open declaration of his messiahship and his refusal to become a worldly king, his popularity wanes and many disciples walk no more with him.
Jesus Feeds Five Thousand People an illustrated story for children
Five Loaves and Two Fishes by James E. Faust