Matt.14:14 – So when Jesus landed he had a huge crowd waiting for him. Seeing so many people, his heart was deeply moved with compassion toward them, so he healed all the sick who were in the crowd.
To me, the feeding of the multitudes and all of the ministry and miracles that took place that day are a panoramic view of the ministry of Christ while He was here on earth as well as His ministry today as our heavenly high priest. What a great description of the life of Jesus; He was trying to get some rest and prayer time after he heard of the death of the prophet John the Baptist. This was a little too close to home and the impending reality of His own death on a cross was coming into His view. Even as He longed for solitude and rest, the pull of compassion for hurting people was un-ignorable. He had to heal the sick and fill the hungry bellies; there was really no other option; compassion will win over again. Here is how Barclay describes this.
“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…..Jesus never found anyone a nuisance, even when his whole being was crying out for rest and quiet – and neither must his followers.”
Today Jesus isn’t sitting on a mountain watching the crowd gather; He has a much better vantage point. He is seated with the Father observing His flock and observing you. He sees the sick, the hungry, the afflicted, and the addicted. He is moved with compassion towards you. Look to Him, call upon His name and watch the greatness of God unfold. Jesus operated in love in His earthly ministry, His heavenly ministry is no different. He is praying for you and orchestrating all life’s events for you. He is your heavenly reward.