Jesus found a grassy area and sat down. The crowd came to him, and Jesus asked Philip where they could find food for the people. He did this to test him, since he already knew what he would do. Philip replied that it would take most of a year's pay to cover that. Peter pointed out a young boy in the crowd with five cheap loaves and two small fish - 'but what good is that with this huge crowd?'
So Jesus simply said, ‘Tell everyone to sit down.’
They began to sit on the grassy slopes of the hillside, 5000 counting the men alone - probably upwards of 15,000 people altogether!
Jesus took these few loaves, and gave thanks to God for them: ‘Blessed are you O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who brings forth bread from the earth’. Then he started passing them around – and did the same with the fish.
As he passed it out, somehow the food seemed to just keep coming. One group ate, the bread was passed on to the next group, who passed it to the next, and somehow it seemed to keep coming …until eventually, the people were satisfied.
In fact, as Jesus told his followers to gather up the leftovers, they ended up with more than they started with! 12 baskets full!
So the people started to say - 'Surely he is the prophet we've been expecting.'
When they continued to pursue him, he told them not to follow him looking for bread which perishes, but for bread which gives life forever, beyond death. He said 'I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.'