In the first 12 verses, it explains what led to John the Baptist’s death. Immediately in verse 13, you see that Jesus goes by himself to mourn. Obviously Jesus was sad, he went on a boat by himself, but even in the midst of his mourning, he had compassion on his people.
So many times when we’re hurting, whether that be from the loss of a loved one or something we’re personally struggling with, we tend to think of ourselves and our problems. We don’t always realize that someone could potentially need our help.
As Christians, we strive to be more like Christ, and he sets a perfect example for us here. Jesus portrays so much of his character and how we should be in just two verses, verses 13 and 14. It says “when Jesus landed [he] saw a large crowd…” Multitudes of people flocked to Jesus for help, and he did not forsake them. He could’ve sent them away like his disciples suggested so he could continue mourning, but Jesus didn’t leave his people until their needs were met.
Jesus was selfless; he didn’t let what he was going through stop him from helping people that needed him. We should strive to be the same way. No we can’t heal sick people and feed 5 thousand men like Jesus can, but we can show love through our love of Christ in the midst of any suffering.
Matthew 14 is full of different lessons, like that danger of letting your sinful desire overtake you (verses 1-12), or how powerful our God truly is (verses 17-36). I only focused on 2 verses, but too often do we read those 2 verses and just pass over them. There is so much to learn about God, even in 2 simple verses.
Today’s author: Alandra Sales