Day 24: Jesus Cares More About Feeding You Than Himself

As Jesus hung from the cross in His final moments, He was mocked by the chief priests and teachers of the law with catcalls. “He saved others, but He cannot save Himself!” (Matthew 27:42)

It’s truly amazing how wrong they were.

There are so many Biblical examples that reinforce this point, but I have to be on brand, so I’m going to choose one that references food. Remember back on day 3 when we examined Jesus’ denial of the temptation to turn rocks into bread? He refused to conjure food out of nowhere for Himself.

Yet that’s exactly what He did in the feeding of the 5,000.

In this event, we see that Jesus has, without a shadow of a doubt, the power to create food from almost nothing; he turned five barley loaves and two small fish into a feast for thousands. Yet, when facing starvation after 40 days of fasting in the desert, He resisted Satan’s suggestion to turn rocks into bread.

Truly think about that for a second. Jesus had the power to do whatever He wished. When He was on the brink of starvation, He declined to create food for Himself. Yet He chose to feed the 5,000, although none of these people were food-deprived.

The selflessness is incredible.

Jesus would rather use His power to feed people that don’t need food rather than nourish Himself at the brink of death.

This is a beautiful example of Jesus’ sacrifice to come to earth. He was God, yet He humbled Himself to become man. Look at these two passages:

  • “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; rather, he made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on the cross!” – Philippians 2:5-8
  • “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.” – 2 Corinthians 8:9

“He made Himself nothing.”

“Taking the very nature of a servant.”

“He humbled Himself.”

“For your sake He became poor.”

He prioritized us, these sinful, tiny beings, over Himself.

Next time you’re questioning your self-worth, think about that. The God of the universe, the one who created you and everything else, had the choice between using His power to feed you or Himself.

And He chose you.