TGIF: The Lord’s Pain and Grief: Matthew 14:1-21


Matthew 13:57 And so they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own house.”58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.

Matthew 14: 10 So he sent and had John beheaded in the prison.11 His head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.12 Then John’s disciples came and took the body and buried it and went and told Jesus.

Matthew 14: 13 Now when Jesus heard this he went away from there privately in a boat to an isolated place. But when the crowd heard about it, they followed him on foot from the towns.

My Take:
He was rejected in his hometown. His second cousin was imprison and then beheaded because of personal whim of a puppet monarch because though he likes to hear him-he does not want to follow his advice. He is also his forerunner-meaning now-he is gone- he is now next on the government’s cross hairs. As the Roman empire puppet- he is displaying a lifestyle that mirrors his masters. Beheading the Baptist mirrors Roman form of execution. Executing him without trial also reflects that culture.

The Roman world will collide sooner or later with Jesus-and so out of grief and prudence he withdrew from the crowds. It must have been hard -losing his cousin and ally. We must experience grief in order to water our souls-but we need time to be alone.

But the crowds does not-If we are in his shoes-we will be irked and asked to be left alone. But he did not-he ministered to them and even asked his disciples to loook for food for them. In all the desolate., lonely places!


This is our Lord. Willing to feel the pain of rejection and the grief of losing someone dear-and still remain compassionate to people. But he was also teaching his disciples-that they were inadequate-but he is their source of provision and stregth. In the miracle of the loaves and fishes- he did not only pray-but also broke it-prefiguring the Lord’s Table-which in turn prefigures His sacrifice at the cross.

His provision will be not just enough for those who are there-but will also adequate for the future ministry of the twelve-thus the excess baskets. The value of His death-is unlimited-and yet definite in its application


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