(13-21) When Jesus the Christ was here on earth, He experienced a variety of human emotion – anger, happiness, surprise, and even sadness. When Jesus heard that John the Baptist was dead, the Bible says that He withdrew to a desolate place by himself. Even though He knew that John was now in Heaven with His Father, Jesus still grieved the loss of His cousin here on earth. But even in His sadness, Jesus was still concerned about others. He may have wanted to be left alone longer, but when He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, healed them, and fed them.
As His followers, we ought to have Jesus’ servant mentality. We are not here to serve ourselves, but others. We may not always feel like doing so, but when God places people in our lives to help, we ought to help them.
Favorite verse: (14) When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.