Feeding the 5,000. James B. Janknegt. 2017. Oil on canvas.

One thing I love about Jesus is his focus on food. His first miracle was to save a wedding party from the perils of having to drink water, by turning it into wine instead. The only miracle story in all four gospels is the feeding of the 5,000, in which Jesus creates a feast for a large crowd.

On his last day before going toward his execution, what did Jesus do? He hosted a dinner party, and told people to remember him through food and drink.

Today’s art is by a contemporary artist – James B. Janknegt. I love his use of bold colors and patterns, and the way he paints the folds in clothing. James has a book, Lenten Meditations, which contains 40 of his parable paintings, along with accompanying scripture, daily meditations, and prayer. You can see more of James’s art here.

Read the Feeding of the 5,000 in one of these four places:

  • Matthew 14:13-21
  • Mark 6:31-44
  • Luke 9:12-17
  • John 6:1-14

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