“As Jesus landed, He saw a great crowd waiting, and He was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things.” Mark 6:34 Amplified
Jesus had just found out that His cousin, John the Baptist, had been killed. He and the apostles had pulled themselves away from the crowds that followed them and gone out on a boat to rest and replenish. Upon returning to the shore he saw the great crowd and began to teach them, as our verse today says.
The key point of this verse is in the middle. “He was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.” How often are we moved with compassion for people? Oh we may be moved by the people closest to us if we hear of some trouble or tragedy that befalls them, but what about all the other people we come in contact with? We may not know these other people, but do they still need Jesus?
I don’t know about you but I need to have more compassion for others, a tender heart for their spiritual position. Jesus saw the great crowd as sheep without a shepherd. When we come in contact with other people, especially strangers we need to have more compassion for them. We must see them through spiritual eyes. No matter how strong or weak they may appear, we must see through that to their heart. No we can’t know if they are saved or not, but their actions will tell a lot. It’s much easier for me to love someone who is unlovable if I treat them like a dumb sheep. I know that sounds harsh, but basically that’s what this verse is saying. Don’t see them as the person they are presenting, especially if they are being gruff, or mean, remember we are in spiritual warfare and the devil would love you to treat them unkindly in return. This is true even if they are being complimentary. We need to see people through the eyes of Jesus, sheep without a shepherd.