As I was reading Matthew 14 today, I was stuck by the magnitude of that single day. Each moment was important and even monumental. John the Baptist was killed that morning. When Jesus was told He tried to slip away to be alone, but the people followed Him. Jesus was compassionate for the crowd and healed the sick that same day. As night was falling, He didn't just sent them away. He stayed and join them for dinner. That night Jesus blessed five thousand plus people with only five loaves and two fishes. They each had more than enough to eat with an abundance of leftovers. Finally Jesus sent the people home and his crew away, so that He could be alone in His grief to pray. He finds Himself alone with God, and then once again, Jesus comes to the rescue. In the middle of the night, He calmly walks on the sea, calms the crew and forgives their doubt. They finally saw and understood. Jesus IS the Son of God.
Matthew 14:27 NLT
"But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”
What a day! The loss of a dear friend and cousin. His desire to be alone would have been great, yet Grace was on His heart. Healing and mercy, abundance and more than enough were found that day. Rescue, forgiveness and recognition brought the day to a close. From beginning to end the day was monumental. Salvation was the thing on His mind. You and I were on His mind that day. What a monumental day.
When we are having a monumental day, we should remember His words of encouragement. 'Don't be afraid. Take courage. I am here.'