In the Gospel, we see the story of how Jesus fed the five thousand with only a few fishes and bread. Feeding the five thousand was a great miracle, it is a remarkable one to reckon with but there is a deeper revelation in that act of Jesus. Let’s read
“Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people.” – Luke 9:16 NLT
Before the bread started multiplying, the Bible says that Jesus blessed the bread, gave thanks and went ahead to break the bread! If manna would fall from heaven in the old testament, why did Jesus have to break the bread? Why didn’t the bread just multiply without being broken? What was it about being broken?
The bread was blessed but the multiplication of the bread wasn’t in its blessing but in its breaking. This represented what Jesus was going to do, he was going to die and by his death he was going to become many! In the process of breaking, the bread reached about fifteen thousand people if we should count the women and children. The leftovers filled twelve baskets. People must have eaten to their fill, some might have eaten a double or triple portion and it was more than enough! Had Jesus continued to break it, it would continue to increase.
Jesus didn’t have to die to be blessed, Jesus even before death was blessing personified! Many were coming to Jesus and Jesus was healing them, forgiving their sins and setting them free! Despite all of the display of God’s greatness, there was a problem. Jesus was God’s way of being with a man but God didn’t just want to be with man, he wanted to spread himself and dwell in man. To achieve this, the blessed Jesus who was born of the blessed virgin mary had to be broken! The process of breaking doesn’t make any sense sometimes as we may see ourselves at the lowest level of life during that phase.
Jesus was powerful, men had sought to kill him before but couldn’t. Jesus had the ability to raise the dead, he had the ability to send armies from heaven but Jesus chose the path of breaking! He said in John 12:24
“I tell you the truth unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.”
As a child, I and my siblings created a micro garden on our verandah where we tried out some crops. We sowed tomatoes, we sowed pepper and we sowed beans. I know that when we plant a bean during the cold weather, at first it seems like nothing is happening and all of a sudden, this beans begins to rot and then break apart. The first time we tried it, we couldn’t bear the fact that our beans were rotting away, we thought that it was going to be the end of that bean and we even wanted to know if we could save it from rotting away! It was after we had given up on it that we saw a plant sprouting up from what is left of the decayed bean. In coming months, we harvested lots of beans from the plant!
You may be blessed but it doesn’t mean you can’t be broken! The beauty of seed is in the breaking. When our bean began to sprout, the beauty was becoming more evident. It may take time but it continued to grow, we began to see the beautiful flowers and then the multiple seeds! Sometimes, the blessing must die for its multiplication to start!
That God has blessed you doesn’t mean you may not need to be broken, it doesn’t mean you may not have to be dragged out of your comfort zone into the fire! Your disposition during those moments of breaking matters. At the time of breaking, you may not understand it but you are being prepared for multiplication.
Joseph, the son of Israel had his own moment of breaking. He was having beautiful dreams, he was seeing himself in a condition that clearly shows that he was blessed but Joseph never knew what was going to come before him. He had to be sold into slavery, he had to go to the prison but all of that was moments of his breaking! Just like a seed, he was decaying, he was forgotten and suddenly, he started sprouting.
The moment of breaking is a moment of new things, its the moment of sprouting and it is one of the most important times in your life. Your breaking may not be pleasant, friends may desert you, people may betray or even deny you but if you can stay in it, you’ll sprout! For every man passing through the phase of breaking, greatness lies at the end of the tunnel! Jesus looked ahead and saw the joy awaiting him and he was willing to lay down his life. By his resurrection, ascension and the pouring out of the Holy Spirit, Jesus is able to multiply through us, this is God spreading himself through man!
When the grain of corn doesn’t die, no matter how much it is blessed, it cannot multiply. What you are going through right now may be your own moment of breaking, pass through it with pride and enjoy it knowing that the glory ahead far outweighs suffering.