CAPERNAUM, MARCH 30, AD 29
Reports from the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee indicate that Jesus performed the miraculous feat of feeding a massive crowd of 5,000 believers with five barley loaves and two dried fishes. When the feast was done, over twelve baskets of food-fragments were picked up from the grass. No one who saw the event could explain how it was done.
Three days of increasing crowds
Between Sunday and Wednesday the multitudes from all over Galilee filled the beautiful park south of Bethsaida-Julias. All wanted to see Jesus, and many sought to be cured of some ailment. Food ran out, and the astounding feeding took place under the direction of Jesus. The excitement of the apparent new miracle was augmented by rumors that Jesus had selected the remote park as the site where he could be named the new King of Israel by the people. Hundreds began shouting that Jesus had brought manna from heaven, even as Moses had done. A great cry went up: “Make him king!”
Jesus rejects kingship
Jesus finally stood upon a rock in the twilight and rejected the kingship offer. He stated that the crowd should worship only God in heaven as their king. Some wondered if Jesus was afraid of reaction from officials in Jerusalem or from the Roman rulers, while others sought to defend him. One apostle, Judas Iscariot, is said to believe that Jesus did not have the courage to be named King of the Jews. But no plausible explanation for Jesus’ refusal to be king was given by the other apostles. Jesus disappeared shortly after the event, some say he is in meditation in the hills to the east.
(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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