[5:112] Recall that the disciples said, “O Jesus, son of Mary, can your Lord send down to us a feast from the sky?” He said, “You should reverence GOD, if you are believers.”
[5:113] They said, “We wish to eat from it, and to reassure our hearts, and to know for sure that you have told us the truth. We will serve as witnesses thereof.”
Greater Miracles Bring Greater Responsibility*
[5:114] Said Jesus, the son of Mary, “Our god, our Lord, send down to us a feast from the sky. Let it bring plenty for each and every one of us, and a sign from You. Provide for us; You are the best Provider.”
[5:115] GOD said, “I am sending it down. Anyone among you who disbelieves after this, I will punish him as I never punished anyone else.”*
Footnote: *5:114-115 The Quran’s overwhelming miracle (Appendix One) is described in 74:35 as “One of the greatest miracles,” and brings with it an uncommonly great responsibility.
What was the significance of this miracle?
It was assurances for their heart even though they have seen all the other miracles from Jesus by God’s leave. It is significant that this was a specific miracle that they asked directly from God, and God provided it to them. The believers at the time of Jesus were looking for food to reassure their hearts the believers of today look for food of the soul “knowledge” to fulfill us.
This verse shows how God tests our claims. God already knows the outcome, but this is to show to ourselves the reasons we make the decisions we do
Every Believer Needs Assurance
[2:260] Abraham said, “My Lord, show me how You revive the dead.” He said, “Do you not believe?” He said, “Yes, but I wish to reassure my heart.” He said, “Take four birds, study their marks, place a piece of each bird on top of a hill, then call them to you. They will come to you in a hurry. You should know that GOD is Almighty, Most Wise.”
Jesus’ miracle was limited to that time and space, and could only be witnessed by the people who were present.
Mathematical Miracle of the Quran*
[34:43] When our proofs were recited to them, perfectly clear, they said, “This is simply a man who wants to divert you from the way your parents are worshiping.” They also said, “These are fabricated lies.” Those who disbelieved also said about the truth that came to them, “This is obviously magic.”
[34:44] We did not give them any other books to study, nor did we send to them before you another warner.
[34:45] Those before them disbelieved, and even though they did not see one-tenth* of (the miracle) we have given to this generation, when they disbelieved My messengers, how severe was My retribution!
Footnote: *34:45 The great miracles given to Moses and Jesus were limited in time and place; they were witnessed by a few people who happened to exist in that place at that time. But the mathematical miracle of the Quran is perpetual (see 74:30-35 and Appendix 1).
The only thing that God expects from us is righteousness.