In Mark 6 the disciples had just returned from a time of intense ministry. They had traveled about, preaching repentance, healing the sick, and casting out demons. When they got back from their evangelistic crusade they came to Jesus and told him all of the stories and everything that had happened. They told Jesus about all of the salvations…healings…and miracles. Wouldn’t you have liked to listen in on that conversation?
However during their stories, Jesus must have noticed something. He perceived that they were worn out from this extended time of ministry and he suggested that they go on a little retreat. So he gathered the twelve and said, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest awhile.” He suggested that they go somewhere where there were no people and recharge their batteries.
The crowds saw them trying to sneak away in the boat and they followed them to the desolate place. They had a sense of Holy Desperation…they wanted to be where Jesus was. Sure some may have only followed Jesus so they could see miracles or witness something Incredible, but at least they rightly identified the source of authority and power and they chased after it. Perhaps you could even say they were “hungry” for more of Jesus.
So they pursued him to a desolate place. And it was in that desolate place, miles away from the nearest McDonalds or Taco Bell. That Jesus met their every need. He multiplied five loaves of bread and two fish to feed over five thousand people. One of the most incredible miracles ever recorded.
I think that in this time many of you are pursuing Jesus to what feels like a desolate place…you look around and think, “What am I doing here? This may not have been a great idea.” I want you to remember something…miracles happen when “hungry” people follow Jesus to desolate places.