Jesus has Compassion
Matthew 15:32 (NIV)
32 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”
Jesus spent time walking beside the Sea of Galilee and went up the mountainside. This could be what Jesus would typically do to spend some time alone with God. Instead of solitude, huge crowds came to him with the mute, blind, and crippled, hoping that Jesus would heal them. Jesus had a lot of compassion. He not only healed them, but he also spoke to his disciples of how he felt about all of the people around them. This is one big camp-out with thousands of people there for three days and after they brought the sick to be healed, they continue to stay and to hear Jesus teach them.
The disciples’ reaction is similar to what I would have said. We’re in the middle of nowhere and how can we get enough food for these people to eat? Another thought would be who is paying for the grocery bill! When it comes to being selfless and being selfish, I would need to examine my first instinct and that it would be selfish. I would want to send them off to go home so that they can get their food. I’m thinking Jesus and 12 of his followers cannot meet the needs of four thousand men. That does not include women and children. This is a test of their faith, but also to teach them about his compassion and how God’s is always so generous towards us when it comes to compassion. We see the inner character of Jesus and his mindset towards people. Whether it is one person or thousands, his compassion never ceases.