SEEKING SOLITUDE, FINDING SERVICE

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MUSINGS – March 12, 2019
SEEKING SOLITUDE, FINDING SERVICE

Matthew 14:13-14
When Jesus heard about John, he left in a boat and went to a place where he could be alone. The crowds heard about this and followed him on foot from the cities. When Jesus got out of the boat, he saw a large crowd. He felt sorry for them and cured their sick people.

John’s disciples came to Jesus to tell him of the cruel way his cousin and fellow worker in the kingdom of God had been murdered and beheaded. Having received the news, he sought to get away from the crowds so that the could grieve and pray.

Jesus’s ministry had nearly always been in the synagogues, marketplaces, cities, and villages while John’s ministry had been in the wilderness and and at the river’s edge. Now Jesus was seeking one of those wilderness places, looking for some solitude. But as soon as his boat reached the shore, the crowd gathered around him. Rather than sending the crowd away, he began seeking out those whom he could heal. It was his nature to always be the servant. It still is.

Jesus asks that you bring your burdens that he may carry them. Bring your sickness that he may give you health. Bring your sorrow that be may give you peace. Bring your brokenness that he may make you whole. Bring your sin that he may forgive.

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