Jesus wanted to spend a few moments in solitude as He grieved over John’s death and He could have driven the crowds away but He did not. Instead, He gave to the people what they needed. In verse 14, Jesus showed His apostles the kind of sacrifice that awaits them when the time comes for them to go and make disciples of all nations. Here, Jesus was defining the quality of true servanthood, demonstrating the character required of every true servant – the ability and willingness to sacrifice even His own time and agenda to the service of others.
Another truth in this miracle of the multiplication of the five loaves and two fish is the important role the apostles will play, and to a certain degree, the role