Have you ever had the moment when you’re spending time with someone you love and have known for a long time and suddenly you discover a wonderful new part of who they are?
This is how I felt this morning reading about Jesus in Matthew 14: 13-14:
“Now when Jesus heard of it, He withdrew from there in a boat, to a lonely place by Himself; and when the multitudes heard of this, they followed Him on foot from the cities. And when He went ashore, He saw a great multitude, and felt compassion for them, and healed their sick.
There is a particular “it” in this that I became overcome with emotion as I realized the revealing of a glimpse of God’s true heart and nature toward us.
You see, that “it” inserted in this story, a little word with such seemingly insignificance, had so much pain enveloped inside it for Jesus personally.
What had happened that same day that Jesus went alone to a lonely place to be by Himself? What was the “it” that he heard of that on the same day the multitudes also came to Him for ministry?
It was on this same day…Jesus had just heard the news that one of his beloved disciples and dear friends had been grossly murdered.
Pause and think about that for a minute. I don’t know about you, but if I had just lost my dear friend, I don’t think I’d have a morsel of compassion to give anyone beyond dealing with my own grief. Can’t imagine anyone would. Anyone, that is…but Jesus.
Jesus…a man of compassion. Jesus…a man who loves and serves others before his own needs. Jesus…a God worthy of our hearts.
I pray you too see a greater glimpse of God’s character and heart for you through this one example of his compassion toward you. You are so dearly loved and always a first priority to Him ❤