“When He went ashore He saw a great crowd and He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.” (Mark 6:34)
People were coming out of the wood-work, by the hundreds, to be healed by Jesus. To touch him. To question Him regarding his great authority. To see what all the commotion was about. He had just been rejected in his hometown. His friend, forerunner, and relative was just beheaded. He was no doubt burdened, sorrowful, tired, and hungry, having “no leisure even to eat.” He sought a desolate place to be with his Father and with his disciples. He wanted peaceful fellowship. He wanted rest. What did he get? — another great crowd. At this point He’s got to be thinking enough is enough, right? Wrong. He had compassion on them. They were lost. He had the answer. They needed proper teaching. He taught. They were hungry. He fed them. “And, they all ate and were satisfied.” Then Jesus went and took a nap, right? Wrong again. “After taking leave of them, He went up on the mountain to pray.” This is heavenly dependence. This is faith.
O, the compassion and faithfulness of Jesus Christ our Lord and savior!