This is one of my favorite stories.
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Jesus and The Third Loaf of Bread ( Voice: Yusuf Estes )
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Once upon a time, Jesus (peace be upon him) gave some money to one of his companions and he told him to go into town and get some food for everybody. And the man took the money, he went into town close by, bought the food. There wasn’t much money and all he was able to buy was three loafs of bread. And he was very-very hungry. And he realized that there was just these three loafs of bread.
So he decided to eat one loaf of the bread himself and then when he got back he just handed the bread over to Jesus asking, “Who ate the third loaf of bread?” And immediately the man said, “But there are only two loafs of bread.”
And Jesus (Peace and Blessings Upon him) didn’t say anything else but they continued on their journey with their companions.
Later on, the companions succeeded in hunting a deer, and they killed the deer, cooked it, and ate it. Then Jesus (PBUH) stood up and asked Allah to bring the deer back to life. And in less than a second the deer jumped back up and ran away. The people were amazed.
So then Jesus looked at the man who had gone after the bread and he said, “I’m asking you by the One who brought this deer back to life: Who ate the third loaf of bread?”
And immediately the man said, “There were only two loafs of bread.”
Again, Jesus (PBUH) didn’t say anything and they continued on the journey.
While they were walking they came across a river that has been flooded up. Jesus (PBUH) asked them to hold his hand so everyone joined hands with him and they were able to walk on top of the river and walk all the way to the side. When they got to the side the people were amazed.
Jesus then said to the same man, “I’m asking you, by the One who made it for us to be able to cross this river (by walking from on top of it): Who ate the third loaf of bread?”
And immediately he (the man) said, “Listen, there were only two loafs of bread.”
So Jesus didn’t say anything again and they went on.
Then they came to a dessert and Jesus (PBUH) took three big piles of sand, then he asked Allah to change it into gold. Suddenly the piles of sand became piles of gold, and he said, “One pile is for me, and one pile is for you, and the third pile is gonna be for the one who ate the third loaf of bread!”
The man quickly said, “I’m the one who ate the third loaf of bread.”
So Jesus said, “Then all three piles of gold are for you but do not accompany us anymore.”
But the man didn’t care, he was so happy and started dreaming about what he was going to do with it. Suddenly three thieves came and saw a man sitting alone with this huge pile of gold. First thing they did, they killed him, then they divided the gold.
They sent one of them to go to town to get something to eat then plan out their future. So one of the thieves went to town and bought some food. This guy poisoned the food so that when he comes back, his friend will die of the poisoned food and he can have all the gold for himself.
But his friend that he left behind were also plotting against him and decided that when this man comes back they will kill him, then divided his share of the gold.
When the man came back, the two killed him, then they ate the food he brought and both died of poison.
When Jesus (PBUH) came back with his companions, they passed by the very same spot, and there they saw their former companion lying on the ground and the other three thieves lying on the ground too, with all the three piles of gold.
And he pointed to this and said, “This is the life of this world (al-hayat ad-dunia) and this is what would do for those who seek after it.”
End quote from the prophet about this story:
“Whoever chases after this world then Allah will make it so that all that he is going to do is keep being aware of how poor he is and let his affairs become falling apart; nothing will come to this man of this world accept what is destined for him.”
Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “By Allah, I am not afraid that you will be poor, but I fear that worldly wealth will be bestowed upon you as it was bestowed upon those who lived before you. So you will compete amongst yourselves for it, as they competed for it, and it will destroy you as it did them.”