There’s always something left over from a miracle, something that touches more lives than the life or situation that was miraculously affected. Sometimes, though, we don’t see it.
It was that way with the disciples in Mark 8:13-21. The men learned their lesson while in a boat with the Master. The only thing they had to eat was a loaf of bread. Jesus used their dilemma as a teaching moment. He reminded them that they had just witnessed Him feeding 5,000 Jews and 4,000 Gentiles. They even remembered, embarrassingly I’m sure, how many leftovers were left over from each miraculous feeding. And not one of them thought to bring along the extras. (By the way, if Jesus could feed thousands with just a few loaves, He could feed 12 with one loaf. Maybe one of them believed that!)
Jesus’ lesson ultimately was not so much about leftovers as it was a warning about the things being taught by the Pharisees and Sadducees. Their “leaven” was hypocritical teaching that produced bad bread, leading many astray (Mark 7:13). And they were baking up batches of it.
God’s bread is the true bread from heaven, Jesus Christ His Son (Mark 6:32-33). The disciples had previously learned this (so we think), even requesting of Jesus, “Lord, give us this bread always” (John 6:22). We, too, must partake of Him if we are to experience everlasting life. Nothing else can give it. Nothing even comes close.
Back to the boat… Jesus is the bread of life (John 6:48), abundant and infinite in measure. Take it… Jesus. All of Him. His bread is life-giving, life-sustaining, and life-preserving. His is a miracle that outflows to everyone and overflows for all – a full serving when we’re in the boat with Him.