When we dive into these verses we see that Jesus is grieved at the loss of John the Baptist, and even Jesus needed to be alone, to process, to grieve, to pray… Jesus didn’t stay in that grieving stage, He got back to His ministry. I never realized until I sat down to really study these verses just how much they reveal to us about Jesus:
- Jesus grieved too, He experienced loss and sadness.
- He has incredible compassion for us and the things that we go through, because He knows how we feel.
- He provides even our smallest needs.
When Jesus got off of the boat and saw the crowd before Him, He didn’t run away because of His personal grief. Jesus came to complete a ministry, just like you and I are here to complete a ministry task that God Himself has given us. Jesus had compassion on the people there, He showed them love and care, He healed their sick…and He spent time with them. I think I can safely say that one of Jesus’ love languages is quality time…He sat on the hill side with these same people, and when the disciples wanted to send them away to get their own food Jesus said no, I will feed them.
When He took the five loaves and two fishes He multiplied it to feed all of those there and still had some left over. Jesus performed so many miracles in His ministry, ones that would make this miracle seem insignificant but it shows that even in the smallest need God is there. What seems insufficient in our eyes doesn’t stay that way in the hands of God.