Mark 8:1-2 The Lord Jesus and His Compassion
1 In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them,
2 I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat:
The Lord Jesus continues his ministry of healing, teaching and preaching in Galilee. Evidently, he became quite popular. But as popular as He was, He never lost sight of truly loving and serving people. The Lord Jesus demonstrated another miracle (similar to what Mark had already recorded, yet distinct as to its event, and proportions) as a teaching tool for His followers, and as a way to show that He indeed was the very Son of God, because no man can perform miraculous works like He did that day. What motivated Christ to provide for the people? The answer: Compassion. The Lord Jesus has the ability to suffer along-side people. His love made a way to satisfy their hunger. I am so thankful that God is not some impersonal force, or an unloving being. I am so thankful that He had compassion on us in sending His only begotten Son to die on the cross as atonement for our sins. We can win people to Christ, when we talk to them about their lost condition and tell them about God’s great compassion for them. When we serve people, it must be motivated by compassion. A coming along side, to feel pity, to be moved by love and concern, and to do something about their true needs, not that we have the supply nor the power, but recognizing that God has given us the supply and the power to accomplish His will.