“In those days, the multitude being very great and having nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples to Him and said to them, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And if I send them away hungry to their own houses, they will faint on the way; for some of them have come from afar.” (Mark 8:1-3, NKJV)
Had Jesus ever gone hungry before? Absolutely; and for a lot longer than three days! (Matthew 4:1-4)
So Jesus could have said the crowd would be alright. It’s only three days. I’ve done it before, so they can too. They haven’t seen anything yet. Sure, Jesus could have said these things.
But that’s not what He said or did. He knew what it felt like to go for three days and beyond. He knew the pain and complications that could come with it. He knew how much further their journey was going to be. He had compassion.
The Compassionate High Priest of the world knows how it feels to be burdened, to be hurting, to be hungry, to be tempted and to be concerned.
Jesus knows how it feels to live life and He knows what kind of life we’re living – and He’s willing to show compassion despite any of it.
Now, how does our compassion look compared to His, and how can we better show His kind of compassion to others? EA
“And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:13-15, NKJV)