So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot…When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. Mark 6:32-34
Jesus had taken His disciples aside to teach them and to find out exactly they had been doing (v30). As the disciples traveled in a boat, many followed them on foot.
Picture this scene. Jesus is teaching in a boat on the way to a quiet place, a place where they could be alone and regroup. His disciples are jabbering a mile a minute, probably trying to “one-up” each other in their stories. He and the others see the crowds on the shore rushing to their probable landing place. His followers undoubtedly are watching Jesus closely to see what He would do when He landed. After all, he made the suggestion that they get away (v31) and now that their peace and quiet would be interrupted, what would He do? This moment is as much for the disciples as it is for the people who followed Him.
So what did He do? He had compassion on them and began teaching them. He would eventually feed them from the loaves and fishes.
Don’t miss the significance of that. Even when Jesus had been busy teaching and counseling His own disciples, He made time to minister to others who came to Him.
Their needs were similar to ours. And it’s evident that He’ll have time for us when we come to Him.