Listen to a reading today from Mark 8:1-8. And listen to it like you’ve never heard it before:
In those days, when again a great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat, he called his disciples to him and said to them, “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And if I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way. And some of them have come from far away.” And his disciples answered him, “How can one feed these people with bread here in this desolate place?” And he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven.” And he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves, and having given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and they set them before the crowd. And they had a few small fish. And having blessed them, he said that these also should be set before them. And they ate and were satisfied. And they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full.
There are two things that stuck out to me today in this reading about the feeding of the crowd. This is a story that we’ve all heard a 1000 times, and when we’ve heard a story that many times, it’s easy to really listen and hear what’s happening.
As I was reading and listening today, two things really popped out.
First, why did Jesus do this? Verse two says this – He had compassion on the people. Jesus is a compassionate Lord. He is a good shepherd. He cares for His people.
Today, Jesus cares for you. Really. Your hurts. Your fears. Your worries. Everything in your life. Everything causes you pain and worry, He cares about. He has compassion for.
You matter to Jesus. You are important to Him. He really does care for you today. Don’t forget that. Don’t feel like you are unimportant to Him today. You are not. You matter.
And the second things that jumped out to me today was verse 8 – they ate and were satisfied. Some translations say they were filled. Jesus didn’t just give them enough food to keep them from dying, He gave them enough food to fill them.
Jesus doesn’t just care for you today. He wants what is good for you today. He wants for you good things that will fill you. That will satisfy you.
And here’s the thing. You know what is the only thing that will really satisfy and fill you today?
Nothing else will satisfy and fill you today. Nothing else will meet your needs in such a way. Only Jesus.
Today know that He has compassion for you, no matter where you are and what’s going on. And know that He longs to satisfy you with what is best. Himself.
Today may we find all of our life in Jesus.
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