Feeding of the 5000 | Part 1: The Case of the Missing Loaf
September 11, 2020
September 11, 2020
I’m a t-shirt guy. When we travel (or I guess, used to travel… thanks, Covid!), I’m always on the lookout for a t-shirt. Not just any t-shirt that has the name of wherever we happen to be visiting, but a t-shirt with a piece of art or a drawing or a picture, or something that captures the essence of wherever we’re visiting. Sometimes I don’t even buy a t-shirt on a trip. If I don’t find a shirt that speaks to me, I simply won’t buy one.
Last year, Rhonda and I had the great privilege to visit Alaska, and I was able to find two t-shirts that when I see them and wear them, they bring back some great memories.
In 2018, our very first Israel trip, Rhonda went out on a limb and bought me a t-shirt, sight unseen. She brought it to me, and she said, “I know you’re going to love this.” She normally doesn’t feed my addiction like this, but this time she nailed it! I think this is my favorite t-shirt of all time. (See photo above.)
You may not recognize the name Taghba, but if you look at the mosaic picture on the shirt, you may start to piece the story together. Can you see the loaves and the two fishes?
Taghba is a site on the shores of the sea of Galilee, where some people believe the Feeding of the 5,000 took place. Over a thousand years ago, a church burned down and a layer of ash covered the floor. When they excavated a few years ago, they found beautiful mosaics on the floor, and that is what is replicated on this shirt.
Take a closer look at the image on the shirt. Do you notice something that’s not quite right about the image?
Do you see the two fishes? Well that’s right. What about the five loaves? Wait a moment, I only see four loaves of bread, not five. Where is the missing loaf? Did the artist make a mistake when they were putting the mosaic together? Did they run out of pieces?
Maybe the artist had a better understanding of this miracle than most of us do. I believe the missing piece of bread is the Bread of Life Himself, Jesus Christ. Jesus says, “I am the Bread of Life. If you eat of me, you’ll never be hungry again.” (John 6:34-36)
The people replied, “Give us this bread so we won’t have to be hungry again.” They didn’t get it. So many times, we don’t get it either. We miss the message of the miracle.
The missing piece in anybody’s life is the Bread of Life, and you will never be satisfied without Him.
Throughout the next few blog posts, we’ll be taking a deeper look at the miracle itself and the miracle helpers, but keep in mind: the message of this miracle is the Miracle Worker. Don’t miss Him.
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.