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Thursday, April 19: He had compassion on them and healed their sick

MatthewWe return to our occasional reading from beginning to end through the Gospel of Matthew, which emphasizes Jesus' divine nature and his status as the Messiah—as the Son of David, the Son of Man, and the Son of God.

Read Matthew 14:13-16

When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a remote place, and it's already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food."

Jesus replied, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat."

Reflect

This passage leads up to one of the most amazing and memorable miracles Jesus ever performed. A crowd of perhaps 10,000 or more has made the journey to a remote area, seeking him out. Although Jesus deliberately withdraws to spend time away from the public eye and to mourn John's death, he still puts the people's needs above his own, filling both their spiritual and physical hunger.

Respond

As we seek a deeper relationship with Jesus, we can be confident that he'll provide all we need to make that happen. Thank God today that he knows how to satisfy our own spiritual hunger before we even know how to pray or what to ask for.

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