Day 9

Jesus Feeds Four Thousand

from the Mark reading plan


Mark 8:1-38, Mark 9:1, 2 Samuel 7:10-16, Daniel 7:13-14

BY Bailey T. Hurley

In today’s society, we are familiar with the term “followers.” From big-time celebrities to your neighbor next door, we all have a group of people who “follow” us because they want a look into our lives—they want to know who we are and what we are about. We sometimes follow others because we want to emulate their marriage, parenting style, home décor, or eating habits. We think we are getting a clear picture on who this person actually is just by following pieces of their story. When Jesus invited His disciples to follow Him, He was asking them to watch what He did and learn from Him. Little did they know what Jesus was actually inviting them into. He wasn’t just asking them to take bits and pieces of His teachings; He wanted them to learn to emulate His whole life. 

His followers watched as He took a few loaves of bread and fish and fed four thousand people. Not four, not forty, not four hundred, but four thousand people! Yet, the disciples still did not quite understand who they were following (Mark 8:21). They observed closely as He healed a blind man with the spit from His mouth and the palm of His hands. A miracle! Yet, some still didn’t really understand who they were following. So Jesus asked them, “But you…who do you say that I am?” (v.29).

If we choose to follow Him, it’s important to ask ourselves, “Who is Jesus?” Because, unlike a celebrity we can choose to follow or unfollow with little to no consequence, following Jesus costs us our lives. Jesus said, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me and the gospel will save it” (Mark 8:34–35). 

So, who is Jesus? 

Peter wisely replies, “You are the Messiah” (Mark 8:29). The Greek word used for Messiah here is Christos, which means “anointed one.” Peter recognized that Jesus was more than a magician or healer; He is the Son of God. He is the anointed King described in Daniel 7:13–14, the one who has been given dominion and glory and a kingdom that will never be destroyed. 

The disciples were following the King of kings, and we have the opportunity to follow Him too. But we must discern the truth: Do our perceptions of Jesus flow from who He actually is? Or have we designed our own “personalized” Jesus, one whose teachings we can take or leave, depending on how we feel about them? As we learn to follow Jesus wholeheartedly, He continues to teach us more about Himself than we could imagine. Feeding four thousand people, healing the blind—these were just the start. 

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60 thoughts on "Jesus Feeds Four Thousand"

  1. Brandy Deruso says:

    Lord i give my life to you.

  2. Marianna Kwan says:

    Who is Jesus to me? Something I want to reflect on. He is one that does indeed care for both my physical and spiritual needs. He is the only one who can save; I am amazed that whenever I feel exhausted – it’s always because I’m not coming to the source of all healing and knowledge and truth but rather relying on myself to further my own plans. Following Jesus is freedom. Freedom to lay down my life, my plans, my interests, my sickness. He offers a better way. I just need to take his hand

  3. Sumire Arai says:

    which shall not pass away

  4. Monique Simmons says:

    This is amazing. Opened my eyes so much.

  5. Dom Sch says:

    V34-35 have stood out so much to me lately. The older I get and the closer I get to Jesus, I realize how we have to “lose” our life for him. I know one day it could be literally and not figuratively and I pray I am ready for that.

  6. Taylor Landers says:

    So good, Addy! Yes—daily acts of obedience, choosing to follow Him in every moment, helps us to see and know Jesus more clearly!

  7. Addy says:

    I am coming to the reading later today, but I was so touched how Jesus expressed compassion for the croup telling his disciples, “If I send them home, they will collapse along the way.” Reading that I felt warm and fuzzy inside that Jesus like a good father or older brother cares for our well being. In the middle of a hectic crowd he tells his disciples that the needs of the people need to be met. He cares for our spiritual and physical needs. Wow! We have such a good savior!

    I find the Healing a Blind Man story fitting right after the exchange between Jesus and his disciples, “don’t you understand yet” just like the blind man could only seeing with blurry vision after Jesus touched him the first time he depended on Jesus to work again to see clearly. Coming to Jesus once isn’t enough to see clearly, we need to keep coming back and read the truth everyday!

  8. TJ D says:

    Wow ! I totally agree ! All I can say is Amen Amen Amen !

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