What Jesus Did! 'Concern for the Crowds' — Mark 6:35-36

Sunday, April 17, 2016

It was now late in the day. So Jesus' followers came to him. They said, "No people live in this place. And it is already very late. So send the people away. They need to go to the farms and towns around here to buy some food to eat."
— Mark 6:35-36 NLT
Illustration of Mark 6:35-36 NLT — "No people live in this place. And it is already very late. So send the people away. They need to go to the farms and towns around here to buy some food to eat."

Key Thought

At first glance, and because we know the outcome of the story, we might miss the concern the disciples have for the crowd. They are genuinely concerned for the physical well being of the folks who are following Jesus. Sometimes we get so caught up in the spiritual talk and show of church that we forget the very real physical needs of each other. However, Christianity—being a follower of the Christ—is not just about spiritual talk and spiritual intentions. It is offering genuine care and concern. Little do the disciples know that Jesus will raise their expectations of what that means before this incident is over!

Today's Prayer

Father, help my heart to be open to the physical needs around me and help me to do something to help the people with those needs. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 John 3:16-18
  • James 2:14-17
  • Matthew 25:31-36

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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