Feeding the Five Thousand

In no one of the miracles of Jesus was man's divinely bestowed dominion more clearly manifested than in the feeding of the five thousand, which occurred toward the close of his second year's ministry and immediately following the tragic death of John the Baptist. The great heart of the Master had turned forever from the fickleness and caprice of human favor, which had terminated in bitter intolerance and the destruction of Truth's herald. With clear discernment of the instability of human affection, Jesus' vehement protest against mortal methods must needs be expressed in just this manner, the feeding of the multitude proclaiming the eternal spiritual fact that the provisions of divine Love and wisdom, for human need, are infinite.

In all the demonstrations of the divine power which animated Christ Jesus,—in stilling the tempest, healing the paralytic, the leper, the blind,—each act emphasized his joyous interpretation and apprehension of man's sonship in God. While these successes had won for him fame and the plaudits of the beholders, after the beheading of John all this was for the time seemingly canceled by the weight of evidence of the treachery of mortal ambition and selfishness, the enormity and effrontery of impersonal evil which culminated in the execution of John. The gospel states that Jesus spent the night following the announcement of that event on the mount with God, then on his return to the disciples there was accomplished his great victory over error by his walking on the sea,—a glorious prelude to the miracle where substance was made manifest at that hillside banquet, the holy afterglow of his own communion in a night of prayer.

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