In today's first snippet, the apprentices share their field work experience. How does Jesus respond? It’s there in the second line: he suggests that they all get away to a private place to rest and debrief. But the crowds figure out where their boat is going and run, it says, to intercept it. The crowds they were trying to avoid are there waiting on the shore when the boat arrives.
Our second snippet starts right after the words “teach them many things.” In it, they sail to Genessaret, where Jesus is recognized at once. Again, it says people rushed to find him, bringing all their sick relatives, deploying them at every street corner Jesus seems likely to pass, pushing forward, desperate for a healing. “Wherever he went,” the text tells us near the bottom there, people begged “even to touch the fringe of his cloak.”
These two snippets put together offer us a picture of reactions to Jesus, different reasons people come to him and different things he gives in response when we do come. I want us to look at three of these, and we’re going to do it by working through the reading backwards. Three reasons people come to Jesus; three things Jesus offers when we do come to him.