“Sheep Without a Shepherd”

Following their ministry in the villages, Jesus invites His disciples to a lonely area where the growing crowds are less likely to follow. Jesus and the men headed to Andrew, Philip, and Peter’s hometown of Bethsaida on the northern shores of Galilee (John 1:44). In spite of their stated intent to seek rest, the crowds anticipated where the men were headed and met them along the shore. Mark records that 5,000 men plus women and children met them on the beach craving an experience with Jesus. Rather than be annoyed, Jesus has compassion on the crowd. He sees them as, “sheep without a shepherd,” and begins teaching them. Hours into this experience, still hungry and exhausted, the disciples come face to face with the reality that Jesus is the ultimate source of all they need.