85. “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost. (John 6:12).
Jesus isn’t tossing a scriptural bone to those who insist food shouldn’t be wasted. And He’s not affirming the importance of cleaning up after a big event. The entire miracle moment of feeding the five thousand is wrought with symbolism. Jesus has provided bread and fish for thousands, a miracle that would remind them of manna once given in the wilderness. Twelve baskets are leftover, one for each of Israel’s twelve tribes, and now every remaining morsel must be collected, because God will gather His children from the four corners of the world and none will be excluded. The disciples may not have grasped this imagery immediately, and one wonders what was done with all those brimming baskets, but Jesus is sending them and us a message. God is not willing that even one should perish, but that all would someday eat at His table. This is the heart of God in action.