We explore the circumstances of this outstanding miracle of Christ from the particular standpoint of His humanity and His heart of compassion for the crowds and for His own disciples. We see:

  • In all likelihood, Jesus had gone to the secluded place to mourn over the death of His relative, John the Baptist. Not as having no hope, but as one who is moved by the suffering and death of His saints.
  • His compassion for the needs of those who followed Him. He healed their sick and fed their bodies, even though many of these same people were not savingly interested in Jesus.
  • His compassion for His disciples. Were there 12 baskets left at the end of the meal so that those who had been serving would not be overlooked but could also eat?

In all this, although humbled and challenged by the attitude of Christ, we are encouraged to become like our Savior, having the same spirit of love and compassion as He has.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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