The Missing Ingredient

Jesus provides yet another exclamation point in proving God’s love for the Gentiles when He feeds the four thousand near the Decapolis. As the story unfolds, Jesus reveals His heart of compassion for the thousands of hungry people who have gone out into the wilderness to hear Him teach. Three days into Jesus’ teaching, the food has run out and Jesus takes time to turn seven loaves of bread into enough food to feed everyone. In fact, Mark records there were seven large laundry sized baskets left over. As in chapter six, when the people ate food from Jesus they were left completely satisfied. This theme of the disciples receiving food from Jesus to dispense to the crowds resulting in the crowd’s satisfaction is a strong reminder that in Christ alone our desires are satisfied.