Matt.14:14 – And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.

This story, the miracle of the multiplying of the fish and bread, is a great picture of the Christian faith. It all begins and ends with Christ. Jesus looked on the people who had been following Him for three days and saw their great need and also saw their great spiritual hunger. What was His response? He healed their sick, He taught them the Word of God, and He provided food to nourish their bodies. He saw exactly what they needed; food for the soul, healing for their bodies, and food for their natural bodies to sustain them.

Matthew said that Jesus was moved with compassion. That word moved with compassion is defined in Strong’s dictionary like this: “to be moved as to one’s bowels, hence to be moved with compassion, have compassion for the bowels were thought to be the seat of love and pity.” Jesus was able to understand our need because of His humanity. Even today, He looks at us and is moved with compassion. When we hurt it literally hurts Him, He longs to see His people made whole. Here is how Barclay describes this passage.

“It tells us of the compassion of Jesus. When he saw the crowds he was moved with compassion to the depths of his being. That is a very wonderful thing. Jesus had come to find peace and quiet and loneliness; instead he found a vast crowd eagerly demanding what he could give. He might so easily have resented them. What right had they to invade his privacy with their continual demands? Was he to have no rest and quiet, no time to himself at all? But Jesus was not like that. So far from finding them a nuisance, he was moved with compassion for them.”

The good news is this, He is moved with compassion for you today. He is seated at the Father’s right hand offering His great love to all of us. If you are hurting, look to Jesus. Get your attention off of your pain and look to Jesus. His love will pour over you and will heal the broken parts of your life. When Jesus gave the fish and bread He was actually giving Himself. As we eat His body and drink His blood His healing love satisfies, heals, and sustains us.

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