One of the greatest prosperity stories in the New Testament is the story where Jesus the Christ fed 5,000 people on a grassy knoll. Metaphysically, it is a treatise on the law of Mind Action. So let’s take a look at what can be referred to as the first fast food service in history. The story appears in all four Gospels (Matt. 14: 13-21; Mark 6: 30-44; Luke 9: 10-17; and John 6: 1-15), but we shall use John’s account, since it contains elements that the other Gospels fail to mention. Here it is, in case you’d like to refresh your memory of the literal account:John 6:1 After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. 2 A large crowd kept following Him, because they saw the signs that He was doing for the sick. 3 Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with His disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. 5 When He looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward Him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He said this to test him, for He Himself knew what He was going to do. 7 Philip answered Him, “Six months wages ( 200 denarii) would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” 8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, 9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” 10 Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about 5,000 in all. (note: actually the number of people was closer to 20,000 since women and children were not counted) 11 Then Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks, He distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 When they were satisfied, He told His disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. 14 When the people saw the sign that He had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He withdrew again to the mountain by Himself.
Did Jesus speak to 20,000 people on a mountain? Probably. His talk was near the time of the Passover, an important Jewish holiday. There would have been many people traveling to Jerusalem. Did He feed 20,000 with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish? It seems incredible, doesn’t it? Did the generosity of a little boy cause the generosity of thousands of other people to share what they had? Perhaps. Did Christ have the power to manifest anything He wanted? Of course! However, we believe the importance of this story can best be explained metaphysically. And if done that way, it uncovers one of the greatest formulas for prosperity you will ever find.
Key phrases, terms, and characters metaphysically interpreted:
- Sea of Galilee = Headquarters, the Garden of Eden
- Sea of Tiberias = right thinking
- Crowd = our cattle drive of thoughts that seek spiritual understanding
- Jesus = that higher consciousness aspect of us that understands the Christ Principle and consistently unfolds the Christ within
- Disciples = our mental faculties and spiritual capacities
- Passover = is the passing over or out of sense consciousness into a higher state of consciousness
- Philip = the power of the spoken word through affirmations and denials
- Andrew = strength of mind when it realizes its connection to Spirit
- Simon Peter = substance of faith and imagination
- Boy = child-like faith and imagination
- People seated = our acceptance and trust in the prospering power of our Christ Nature
- 5 loaves = universal substance that underwrites the power of our five senses to manifest our good
- 2 fishes = divine ideas which lead to inexhaustible abundance when our personality and Spirit are united
- 12 baskets = the 12 highest spiritual qualities (powers) within us that are fulfilled and quickened
When you toss all of these characters and key concepts into a metaphysical basket, here’s what we get:
When we enter the Silence with a positive attitude and childlike faith, connect with our Christ Self, and use affirmations and denials to declare our good, we will be able to manifest incredible abundance through the power of our imagination and the strength of our faith, which in turn quicken all of our highest spiritual faculties (12 in all, represented by the 12 tribes of Israel and the 12 apostles) so that our lives are filled with health, wealth, and prosperity.
May you embrace this metaphysical teaching, and walk the spiritual path on practical feet!About the Authors: Combine a flair for the dramatic, a deep understanding of metaphysics combined with the teachings of Jesus, and a zest for ministry, and you have defined the dynamic duo who are at the heart of The Metaphysical Website.Revs. Drs. Bil and Cher Holton are co-ministers of a growing church in Durham, NC, prolific authors, and dynamic speakers. Learn more by visiting them at www.TheMetaphysicalWebsite.com