Specific Text - Mark 6:30-44
You've heard this story before. The feeding of the 5,000 is one of Jesus' more well known miracles, but the miracle itself is not what I want you to focus on today. Today I want you to see the true character of Jesus, and then what it is the Jesus does before the miracle.
You get to the point every so often where you need a break. We remind ourselves often that God designed us to need rest, and that He even commands us to put our regular activities down once every seven days so we can rest in His Word. Both Jesus and the disciples are at this point, so they head for the hills to take a break. But then they were spotted, and even without the aid of social media the word spreads like wildfire that Jesus is near, and the crowd comes out in droves to meet Him.
But Jesus doesn't grumble that his short time of recreation has been ruined. He doesn't send out a spokesman to inform the crowd that the Master will not be making anymore public appearances that day. It would have been quite alright if Jesus had done those things; after all, He is fully human and like everyone else, He needed rest as well.
The most remarkable thing in this passage occurs in v34:
When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd...
Isn't it amazing for you to know that God will never be too tired to receive you? He cares for you so much, that not only did He send His Son into the world for you, but even when Jesus' humanity had every right to be tired, hungry and even crabby, He still cares so much for people.
So what does this Savior, who cares so much for His sheep, do for them? Verse 34 continues:
...So he began teaching them many things.
I know it seems like we're always pushing you to learn. Study this, read that, sit and listen to this. All you want to do is experience the peace that comes through Jesus Christ, and it seams like all we do as pastors (under-shepherds) is teach, teach, teach.
But we do it because that's what Jesus did. Jesus did it, because as the one who created you, He knows that the way for you to best experience His peace is to learn and know as much as you can about Him, the source of it.
Prayer for the Day - Dear Father in heaven, thank you so much for sending your Son to be my Shepherd. Thank you for surrounding me with under-shepherds in the Church: pastors, elders, & teachers who help me experience your peace. Help me to continue to learn all I can about You. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.