A Young Boy That Had Some Fish and Bread
By Dennis Tucker
John 6 records the miracle of Jesus feeding five thousand people with five barley loaves and 2 small fish. Often we concentrate on the great power of Jesus, Philips response when Jesus asked him how they would feed the multitude, or the food leftover from the miracle. There is another person I want to examine in this article.
"There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?" (John 6:9) What can we learn from this young boy and the miracle? First, the lad was a young boy. The term refers to one single person. His presence tells us he was at least among those who were following Jesus. Jesus could have performed this miracle with or without this young boy, however, this young man was about to learn a lesson he would never forget. He would not have learned this lesson if he had not been there. Let me say something that may sound silly. A person can not follow and learn Jesus if they are not interested. A person is really not interested in following Jesus if they do not read His Word, obey His Word, and assemble with the saints to worship Him.
Second, this boy was young. Religion is not just for grownups and old people. Joseph, Daniel, and David were young people who were following God. Solomon wrote, "Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, I have not pleasure in them" (Ecclesiastes 12:1). God knows the abilities of each and every young person. He expects all of us to obey Him according to our ability. "Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right" (Proverbs 20:11NIV).
Third, Jesus took the young boy’s bread and fish. Literally the term translated as "small fish" indicates two small dried or pickled fish comparable to large sardines. This boy did not have much to eat and he was being asked to give up what he did have. By giving Jesus his fish and bread this boy and the multitude was given more than enough to eat.
We may not have much but we have to be willing to give Jesus everything. However, we know that we will receive more than what we have given up.
Young people you may have to give up your friends, activities you enjoy, popularity, or some other things. Yet you will receive a greater reward.
We do not know what became of this young boy. Did he continue to follow Jesus? A lot of people did not, John 6:66. Did he go out and tell others about Jesus and the great miracle of feeding five thousand people with his 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread? Was he there as Jesus died on the Cross? Did he hear the first gospel sermon on the Day of Pentecost? We do not know the answer to any of these questions. We do know Jesus died for this young boy and he could have obeyed the gospel. The same thing can be said for each of us. Jesus died for all of us and all of us can go to heaven if we listen and follow afterJesus. D.T.