61 Jesus feeds a crowd

Start the challenge by finding and reading a Bible verse from Luke 9:20.

Have you ever shared a bag of sweets or crisps with a friend?

What would happen if you tried to share with your whole class or church? Would there be anything left for you?

What are you going to share today?


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The story so far…

Jesus was becoming famous! He had done amazing things: stopped a wild storm blowing; healed people who were ill; even brought a young man who had died back to life. Now people were following him everywhere he went, excited to see what he did and listening eagerly to what he had to say.

Now read Luke 9:10–20 together.


What happened next…

Jesus asked his 12 disciples not to talk about him being the Messiah to anyone else. But from this point on they knew that their Friend and Teacher was even greater than they had thought.


Explore the Bible

Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 84 together.


Did you know…?

Followers There were many religious teachers in Jesus’ time that had followers or “disciples”. They were like students who would learn from their teacher. Jesus chose a group of 12 disciples but they were not the only ones who followed him. Crowds of people went wherever he did.

Bread When Jesus fed the crowd of people, they would have enjoyed the meal but they would also have thought about the stories in Exodus. When Moses and the people left Egypt, they lived in the desert for 40 years and, all that time, God gave them bread to eat.

Bethsaida This was a fishing town. It is where Jesus’ followers Peter, Andrew and Philip came from.


Try it out

Jesus asked his friends, “Who do you say I am?”

Run your own mini survey at church or school or with people you know and find out who they think Jesus is. Use these questions or make up some of your own. Remember to take the survey yourself as well.

1 Have you heard the name Jesus?

2 How old were you when you first heard it?

3 How much would you say you know about Jesus?

  • Not much
  • A little
  • A fair bit
  • Lots
  • Everything there is to know

4 When did Jesus live on earth?

5 Where on earth did Jesus live?

6 Who do you think Jesus is?

  • No one special
  • A good man
  • The best man ever
  • The Son of God

7 If you wanted to know more about Jesus, how do you think you would find out?

  • Ask someone who knows him
  • Read the Bible
  • Go to church
  • Pray


Talk to God

Next time you eat bread or fish, remember this Bible story and say an extra “thank you” to God for giving you food.

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