27:35 And when he had said these things, he took bread and gave thanks to God in the presence of them all; and when he had broken it he began to eat. 36 Then they were all encouraged, and also took food themselves. 37 And in all we were two hundred and seventy-six persons on the ship. 38 So when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship and threw out the wheat into the sea.
Yesterday we discovered that Paul breaking bread before them all was symbolic of Jesus, the bread of life who gave Himself as a ransom for the whole world. Every man took part, all 276 of them. Each ate and was filled at end when they were full the rest was thrown into the sea. Odd right?
Here's what I see. For fourteen days they ate nothing. For fourteen days they were saving what little food was left for when they absolutely needed it. Then Paul announced it was time to eat. He took what little food was left and like Jesus with the little boy's lunch he broke the bread and passed it out. Every man ate until he was full and there was still so much left they felt the need to toss it overboard to lighten the ship so they could get as close to shore as possible.
Jesus. He is enough. He died once for all. Never will we run short. Never will Jesus say "Sorry I have no room for you." Best of all? When we are filled with Him we have no need of more. Everything else can be tossed overboard. Only He truly satisfies.
All those men needed to do was take the Bread of life, hold onto His promise and the rest was in His hands. We'll find out tomorrow what happened next as the rest of their food floated away...