I was reading in MARK 8 today, and noticed two clear (and contrasting) emotional responses of Jesus to those before Him….
First (in 8:2-3) Jesus said:
2 “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. 3 And if I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way. And some of them have come from far away.”
Notice here His compassion for the crowd. They were not all disciples; it was a mixed group. Almost none of them would be with Him his final days in Jerusalem. But Jesus had compassion on those hungry seekers. And He still does!
Second, see His frustration (8:11-12),
11 The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him. 12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.”
Jesus sighs deeply, His chest and shoulders rising and falling. It was not the first time these Pharisees engaged Jesus to test Him with their own agenda — and closed hearts.
Which emotional response do you provoke from the Lord Jesus: compassion or frustration? Are you a sincere seeker or a sly skeptic?