Matthew 14 records the death of John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin and forerunner.
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. (Verses 13-14)
- In his grief, Jesus sought solitude. Normal.
- Regardless of his loss, people still were seeking Jesus’ touch. Reality.
- In his grief, Jesus saw the needy crowd with compassion and not with frustration. Supernatural.
- Despite his grief, Jesus chose to heal, to give, to continue, to refocus. Unselfish.
Sometimes the best healer is healing, giving, noticing, and choosing to take your eyes off yourself.
Unselfish sacrifice. Unselfish grieving.