Imagine the scene, though it happened 2000 years ago. For three days you’ve been part of a large crowd following a famous speaker around the countryside.
The speaker – his name was Jesus – looked at the crowd of which you were part, and you saw the look on his face. It was a look of utter compassion.
Would he go on speaking? No, he stopped teaching and miraculously turned a few bread rolls and wee fish into a meal for all 4000 people on the crowd!
Now ask yourself a question. Years later, when you were telling the story to your grandchildren, what would remain most clear in your mind? Would it be the meal you ate or the look of compassion you saw on Jesus’ face?
You didn’t hear it, but what Jesus said to his friends was this, ‘I have compassion on these people.’ And he still has compassion on us. That’s the measure of Jesus’ love. (Mark 8:2)