Mark 6:42 ESV
And they all ate and were satisfied.
The events the disciples recount in their gospels are more than neat stories. They have a purpose, often to prove who Christ is by recounting His compassion, His power, or how He fulfills the Scriptures. Their stories are profound in meaning. In the pericope (a fancy word for Biblical passage) of The Feeding of Five Thousand, Jesus breaks the bread, and blesses it. Mark then says that the people were “satisfied”. But this is not just referring to a physical hunger.
The word “satisfaction” comes from the 14th century ecclesiastical term satisfactionem which means the act of a priest or other church authority to atone for sin. The word “satisfy” comes from the Latin satisfacere which means to make amends and pay in full.¹
Jesus is the Bread of Life broken on the cross, the satisfactionem for my sin. Satisfying (satisfacere) the debt of death because of my sins. He is truly our satisfaction!
1 Online Etymology Dictionary, http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=satisfaction&allowed_in_frame=0, (September 13, 2016)