Matthew 14:13-33 Now when Jesus heard about John, He withdrew from there in a boat to a secluded place by Himself; and when the people heard of this, they followed Him on foot from the cities...
think about it.
What did Jesus do when he heard of John's death (14:13)? Why do you think this was important? The storm terrified the disciples; how does Jesus answer their fear (14:25-27)? How does Peter demonstrate faith (14:28-29)? Why does he fail (14:30)? When your faith fails, where do you turn? Or is it easier to just give up?
Jesus receives news of John the Baptist's death as we begin our reading today in Matthew 14:13. Similar to when we lose a relative or friend, Jesus withdraws (by boat) to be by himself during this sad time. But the crowds won't leave him be and they follow him on foot. So Jesus wants solitude, but when he reaches the shore he's met head on by the crowd. So how did Jesus respond? With compassion, which is pretty amazing considering all that's happened. Verse 14 tells us Jesus sees the crowd and "had compassion on them and healed their sick."
Jesus also demonstrates compassion with the disciples later in Matthew 14. The disciples are on the Sea of Galilee in a storm and they see Jesus walking on the water towards them. Now they're likely already afraid because of the storm, but they are "terrified" when they see Jesus. Jesus tells them compassionately "Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid" (vs. 27).
On a scale of 1-10, where are you when it comes to being compassionate and helping others? What are some things you can do (even yet today) to put compassion into practice like Jesus? Tami W.
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