And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.
One of the most amazing things about Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000 is not that He performed an incredible miracle. This is really no different than turning water into wine; it’s just on a much larger scale that Jesus turns fish and bread into more fish and bread.
It is humbling to think that even Jesus gave thanks for the food. Even though Jesus is God, He could do nothing on earth without the power of God the Father. This means not only did the ability to perform a miracle come from God the Father, so did the food itself.
Jesus was just as dependant on God the Father for the food that He ate as we are today. When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, they are instructed to pray for their daily bread.
In days before refrigeration and Tupperware, food didn’t last long. Even greater was the fact that most people made enough in a day to feed their family for that day. If they didn’t work, their family didn’t eat. Because of this they had to rely on God each and every day because they didn’t know when their next meal would come if they weren’t able to work.
Even though Jesus has all of the power of God the Father behind Him, He is still dependant on God to supply His daily needs. Jesus performed great miracles through the Father but He was just as dependant on God the Father for His daily needs as we are. Because of this, even Jesus gave thanks and so should we.