When He Heard

When He Heard

27 April 2009


13 As soon as Jesus heard the news, he left in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where he was headed and followed on foot from many towns. 14 Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. (Matthew 14:13-14 NLT)

Jesus was grieving deeply over the death of his cousin John the Baptist. When the awful news that Herod had beheaded John as a party favor reached him all the way up in Galilee, he just wanted to get away and be by himself. But when he saw multitudes of needy people, he was moved with compassion for them and he put their needs above his own.

Jesus’ compassion set the stage for two remarkable miracles – feeding five thousand men, plus women and children with five smoked sardines and two biscuits; and Peter walking on the water of Lake Galilee at three in the morning in a storm!

I want to be moved with compassion as Jesus was. It’s so easy to put my needs above the needs of others. I can rationalize pretty well. But that’s not the Jesus way.

2 Share each other’s troubles and problems, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 3 If you think you are too important to help someone in need, you are only fooling yourself. You are really a nobody. (Galatians 6:2-3 NLT)

Who knows what blessings may be released if I take my eyes off myself and look at others with compassion!


Father, Please help me take the Jesus way when it comes to my needs and the needs of others. Let your heart of compassion move me to be a blessing to others even when it’s hard or inconvenient. Amen.

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