“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.”
-Mark 6:34 NIV
Three observations about this verse. First, Jesus had compassion on these people. Jesus is compassionate. He cares about you the same way he cared about that large crowd of people that day. Take comfort in the fact that the Lord has compassion on you and follows that compassion up with action. Second. People without Christ in their lives are like sheep without a shepherd. Sheep cannot protect themselves. They are among the most vulnerable animals on the planet. With their limited natural defenses, sheep are easy prey. Spiritually, humans are at a disadvantage and easy prey for the devil. We will benefit greatly from the guidance and protection of a shepherd. A Good Shepherd who laid down His life for His sheep so that they could be delivered from the ultimate danger of hell. Finally, When Jesus saw these people and had compassion on them, He taught them. Jesus assessed the situation and concluded that what these harassed and helpless people needed was some good teaching. That may seem odd, but Jesus taught those people with the wisdom of God. We have access to that same wisdom and power in the Bible. God’s Word and wisdom is what we need to guide and protect us through this dangerous world. Read a chapter today and get to know the voice of your shepherd a little better.