What’s With the Twelve Baskets?

August 2023

   “And Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.’” (John 6:35)

   We all are likely familiar with the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand in John, Chapter  six. Perhaps we remember hearing this as a young believer in Sunday School, how the little boy offered up the five barley loaves and two fish, and Christ, demonstrating His creative power to feed the five thousand men and untold women and children and having twelve baskets of leftovers after everyone had eaten their fill. There is an interesting aspect of this story that I am left to ponder — where did the baskets come from?

   John 6:12 says, “So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, gather up the fragments that remain so that nothing is lost.” Isn’t it great to know that Christ cares about the intricate details, the fragments of our life? Nothing is lost, it says. We serve a great big, wonderful God who is capable to make sure that nothing is lost. Continuing in verse thirteen, “therefore they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.”

   Now, I have a question for you.  Nobody had any food except for th ...

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