The passage for today is Matthew 14:13-21. You can read this passage online or on your phone by following along with The Essential Jesus reading plan on bible.com, or you can read it in your physical Bible. Take a few minutes to read Matthew 14:13-21 carefully, inviting the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you read.
What did you see in the text? What is the main point being communicated? Here are some of the things that I saw.
Jesus shows his humanness in that after hearing of John’s death, he was disturbed and went away to a quiet place presumably to mourn, and maybe even to consider the possible implications to his own life. However, people heard about where Jesus was going and arrived before him. Upon His arrival, over 5000 people who brought their sick to be healed met him. Jesus chose not to fuss about being interrupted in what he wanted to do, but rather had compassion for the people and demonstrated his Divineness by healing the sick.
That must have been tiring, but the day wasn’t finished yet. They were in a secluded place with nowhere to buy food. Jesus again unselfishly solves a huge problem and miraculously turns five loaves of bread and two fish into enough for all to eat and be satisfied!
In this story, Jesus demonstrates for us what he has already twice told the people. In Matthew chapter nine and twelve Jesus said, “I desire compassion and not sacrifice.” Jesus is so unsettled by John’s death, that he wants some time alone, but his compassion for the people is greater than his own sorrows. How often I put my own “needs” first and do not have compassion for the truly needy. Next time, may I remember Jesus’s example of compassion.
Father in Heaven, may my heart be as compassionate Jesus’s, and not self-willed. Amen
This post was written by Kelly Gebert.