The sign of the miraculous feeding is mentioned in all the Gospels. It shows that God wants to provide for our temporary needs.
Matthew 6 verse 25.
But at the same time it refers to the Heavenly Bread, which gives eternal life.
John 6 verse 35.
The sign takes place near Bethsaïda, north of the Sea of Galilee, east of the Jordan; a remote place.
Jesus is moved with compassion for the people, who are like sheep without a shepherd, and teaches them. When the crowd gets hungry in the evening, He miraculously provides bread and fish.
He could create bread 'out of nothing,' but He uses what little is available: five loaves and two fish.
When the little food is multiplied under His hands, His disciples must then work hard to distribute the food; God uses people in His service.
The day after this miraculous feeding, Jesus in Capernaum explains its meaning to the crowd.
He indicates that it is not about the daily bread, but about the lasting food.
"Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life"
John 6 verse 27.
When asked; "What must we do to be doing the works of God?" Jesus answers:
"This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent".
John 6 verse 29.
"Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life".
John 6 verse 47.
The Jews expected the Messiah to give bread from heaven, just like Moses in the desert.
Jesus knows that many seek Him to get perishable bread, but says:
"I am the living bread from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh".
John 6 verse 51.
"Whoever feeds on My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day."
John 6 verse 54.
Jesus means an abiding spiritual feeding of all that He is; a total community of life.
For many this statement is hard to take:
When many of His disciples heard it, they said:
"This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?"
John 6: verse 60.
Verse 66 says:
After this many of His disciples turned back and no longer walked with Him.
Isaiah 55 verse 1 to 3.
Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labour for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to Me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to Me;
hear, that your soul may live.