FOR AUDIO VERSION CLICK HERE.13 Now when Jesus heard about John, He withdrew from there in a boat to a secluded place by Himself; and when the people heard of this, they followed Him on foot from the cities. 14 When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd and felt compassion for them and healed their sick.
Jesus spent lots of time alone or with a few. 1. When He saw a crowd coming toward Him, He slipped away.
2. When He found Himself being pressed by lots of people, He pulls out of the crowd.
3. When He was tired, He rested.
4. Here He hears some bad news and feels the need to be alone.
Jesus continually felt the need to be alone or with a few friends. So much of the time Jesus felt the need to pray. Remember, praying is not just talking away and going through your lists, but listening and receiving. Now, if Messiah Jesus, King of kings, the God-Man, felt the need for so much prayer and alone time, what does that say to us? The principle for us today is: COME APART FOR AWHILE OR YOU MAY COME APART!
NOTE that Jesus didn't remain in a monastic mode, but was moved by compassion for the people and their needs. This is the balance I want in my life. I want to be more disciplined to pull away from the crowds and be silent-seeking and listening and resting before God. Remember, Jesus calls His disciples to HIM in order to REST. On the other hand, I want to be awaiting those Jesus sends to me who need compassion and the healing touch of God. How about you?
RESTING. TRUSTING. WAITING for Jesus to lead us with His orders and opportunities.