Where can we buy bread?
Where can we buy bread for these people to eat? (John 6:5)
All day long Jesus had given of Himself to the crowd, unloading the burdens from their weary souls. Now late in the evening, Jesus Himself is tired and bone-weary and would like to rest, but the crowd continues to press Him. Nonetheless, Jesus looks upon them with compassion for they are as sheep without a shepherd.
Jesus was about to do a miracle for the ages. But before He did, He saw the opportunity to teach His disciples and to test them once more. "Philip, where can we buy bread for these people to eat," He asked.
Philip responded, "Two hundred denarii worth of bread isn't enough for each of them to have a little." Then Andrew joined the chorus of doubt, "There's a little boy here who has five barley loaves and two small fish. But what are these among so many people?"
Instead of focusing on Christ, they turned their attention upon their circumstances. Instead of believing in God, who owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalms 50:10), they saw only their lack.
Now the disciples could have held a telethon and raised money. They could have asked for donations from the wealthy members of the synagogue. They could have visited the vendors in the marketplace and asked for donations of bread. But they had nothing, and this is what Jesus specializes in. When men have given up hope in themselves, then Jesus can step in and work wonders.
When you go to Jesus with nothing but faith and let Him do a miracle, He gets the glory, the people are filled, and you get to keep the leftovers.