Recently I noted that Jesus was “a prophet like Elijah” in that He showed the coming of the Age of Messiah but His actions at Nain. In the same way, the First Century Jews awaited a leader like Moses. The feeding of the five thousand is a manifestation of this fulfillment as well.
Mark chapter 6 notes: “35 By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. 36 Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”37 But he answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages[a]! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat? 38 “How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.” 39 Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties.41 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 his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all.42 They all ate and were satisfied, 43 and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. 44 The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.”
Notice He puts the crowd into companies (50s and 100s) – as Moses did. There is also the power of God manifested in the same way God had provided manna in the desert – an abundance of satisfying food.
Jesus is Messiah, and the fulfillment of expectations. He can fill our expectations today as well. He is our salvation, our help and our friend. A leader for this age and for eternity. A wonder-worker in our lives.