Lent 2009 (18) – Alone with God

Now when Jesus heard about [the death of John the Baptist] he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns.
Matthew 14:13

Jesus is mourning the death of his cousin and he wants somewhere to be alone and to pray. He wants to be near his Father. In this case two would be company and three is literally a crowd. Jesus simply wants to be alone with his Father. He wants to spend time with him and to be in his presence.

No friend leaves us untouched. The more time we invest in spending time with God, the more that our knowledge of him will deepen and our relationship with him grow. Like Abraham, we might find that we become a friend of God (Isaiah 41.8, James 2.23). The time we spend in God’s presence will mean that his character, his nature, will rub off on us. We will be transformed.

Jesus does not have much time alone. The crowds arrive and need him. But Jesus’ reaction is not frustration. As a human and yet divine, his reaction is compassion and he goes on to heal them and feed them.

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