John 6: 1-14

Interactive Bible stories create enjoyable learning, which follows the Biblical principle found in Proverbs 15:2, "A wise teacher makes learning a joy." Here is one your students may enjoy:

Instructions: Every time you hear the word "sleeping", put your hand on your lips and say, "Shhh." Every time you hear "see Jesus" raise both arms upward and yell, "Yeah!" (If you think a visual reminder would be helpful, hold up placards with a picture of eyes closed when you say "sleeping" and a picture of a smiley face when you say "see Jesus". Placards can be made on paper plates with a stick attach to the back side.)

It was dark outside. The moon and stars were shining. The sun was not yet up.

Everyone was still sleeping. (Shhh)

Daddy was sleeping. (Shhhh)

Mother was sleeping. (Shhh)

The boy was sleeping. (Shhh)

Pretty soon mother rolled over. But she did not wake up. She was still sleeping. (Shhh)

The Daddy pulled the covers up around his neck. But he did not wake up. He was still sleeping. (Shhh)

The boy had a nice dream. But he did not wake up. He was still sleeping. (Shhh)

Now it was not so dark outside. The sun was just starting to shine. Mother got up.

But Daddy did not. He was still sleeping. (Shhh)

The boy did not get up. He was still sleeping. (Shhh)

The mother went to the kitchen. She found 5 small barley loaves of bread and 2 fish. She put them in a sack. She worked quietly. Everyone was still sleeping. (Shhh)

She went to the boy's room. She gently woke him and said: "Today you can go see Jesus!" (Yeah!)

The boy quickly jumped out of bed. He wanted to shout, "WOW. I can't wait to see Jesus." (Yeah!)

But his daddy was still sleeping. (Shhh)

As the boy dressed he thought about all the things he had heard about Jesus. Jesus told stories. Jesus healed people who were sick. Jesus raised to life a little girl who had died. Jesus took children in his arms and showed how much He loved them. Today, Jesus was going to be close to where He lived and His mother and Daddy said he could go. He dressed hurriedly because he just couldn't wait to see Jesus! (Yeah!)

He told his mother good-bye. He told his father good-bye. He headed down the road to where he had Jesus would be today. He just couldn't wait to see Jesus! (Yeah!)

Pretty soon he saw a large crowd of people. Instead of walking fast, he started to run. He didn't want to miss anything. He just couldn't' wait to see Jesus! (Yeah!)

All day long he watched as Jesus healed sick people. Pretty soon his tummy started to growl. He was hungry. It was past supper time. He opened up his sack and took out the bread and fish. He was just about ready to take a bite when Andrew, one of Jesus' disciples said to him: "I notice you have a lunch with you. There are 5,000 men here, plus women and children. We have no food for them. Jesus has asked that I bring him your lunch. Is that okay?"

The boy put the 5 barley loaves and the 2 fish back into his sack and handed it to Andrew. Andrew took the lunch to Jesus. He opened the lunch and said to Jesus, "All we have are these 5 small loaves of bread and 2 fish."

Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish, looked up into the sky and asked God's blessing on the meal.

Then He broke the loaves apart and gave them to the disciples to pass out to the people.

Then he took the fish and gave thanks to God and the fish was passed out to the people. Everyone ate and ate and ate and ate until they were full! When everyone was done and the scraps were picked up, there were 12 baskets left over!

The little boy was so excited that he had given his lunch to Jesus and that he had been there on this day to see this miracle and to see Jesus! (YEAH!)