Twelve Baskets Full

December 17, 2014

That’s how much extra food the disciples took away after they started with just 2 loaves and 5 fish.  (Matt 14:20 is one example) That’s one basket per disciple.  Coincidence?  I don’t think so.  Jesus wanted his students to know that God always provided enough – for them and for all – even when it seemed as though they started with nothing or next to nothing.

Why did Jesus care?  Because his ministry was based on the very simple premise that “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son…”  (John 3:16)  That divine Love that introduced Jesus to humanity was the basis of Jesus’ care for humanity.

And it’s still the basis of his enduring ministry.  God so loved us – you and me – that he sent his son to live and explain and prove that love to all who followed him, then and now.  And he expected them (and us) to live and explain and prove that love in our lives, too.

That means that there will always be at least one basket for us, out of the twelve baskets full, of whatever we need.  This is what love looks like.  Now, just to be clear, the baskets may not always be filled with “stuff” but they will be filled with grace, affection, strength, health, joy, intelligence, companionship, satisfaction, etc.: whatever we need to more safely exist and to more naturally love God and man.

Isaiah heard God say: “as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.  For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace.”  (55:10-12)

That promise is perpetual.  It was evidence of God’s love way before Jesus’ time.  And the evidence of that same love is here today.  It’s why we celebrate Christmas: it’s why we remember the birth of God’s dear son, that came as a gift of love.  And those eternal baskets full are God’s ongoing gift to us of that love in action.

As Mary Baker Eddy puts it, “divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.”  (Science and Health p. 494)

“Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.”  (2 Cor 9:15)

Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link.  If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.

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