Jesus feeds the 5,000 - Bible Society

Jesus feeds the 5,000

If Jesus were here today, he wouldn’t just go to church.

He’d be out and about, sharing his message with everyone – regardless of who they are or where they come from. So we decided to bring the Bible to life for thousands of people on the Brighton coastline with a contemporary re-telling of Jesus feeding the five thousand.

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This excerpt of the feeding of the 5,000 is taken from our recording of the New Testament by the Riding Lights Theatre Company.

Why did we do this?

We don't know what you think of the Bible – you might not have thought of it at all for a long time. For what it's worth, we think the Bible is ace: more than a book, a wonderful, powerful story worth exploring, living and sharing. We want to give everyone the opportunity to encounter Scripture for themselves. We'd love you to try the Bible.

Handing out sandwiches on the beach is one way we're trying to bring a famous Bible story alive for the 21st century. In the account of the Feeding of the 5,000 (found in Matthew 14, Mark 6Luke 9 and John 6), Jesus feeds 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish. Tuna, prawn and salmon sandwiches are close enough, right? Anyway, we hope you at least enjoyed the free snack. You can read the story that inspired it a bit further down the page.

How would you translate Bible stories into your 21st century life? We'd love it to start a bit of a conversation.

Why not take two minutes and read the account of the feeding of the 5,000 from Luke below? Let us know what strikes you on our Facebook page or on Twitter using the hashtag #5klunch.

Jesus feeds five thousand (Luke 9: 12-17)

Late in the afternoon the twelve apostles came to Jesus and said, ‘Send the crowd to the villages and farms around here. They need to find a place to stay and something to eat. There is nothing in this place. It is like a desert!’

Jesus answered, ‘You give them something to eat.’

But they replied, ‘We have only five small loaves of bread and two fish. If we are going to feed all these people, we will have to go and buy food.’ There were about five thousand men in the crowd.

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Have the people sit in groups of fifty.’ They did this, and all the people sat down.  Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish. He looked up toward heaven and blessed the food. Then he broke the bread and fish and handed them to his disciples to give to the people.

 Everyone ate all they wanted. What was left over filled twelve baskets.

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