There had been a flurry of activity—bread multiplied, storms calmed, and people healed. There had also been ominous confrontations with the more closed-minded members of Israel’s religious leadership. Plus, Jesus’ cousin and forerunner, John, had recently been executed by Herod. Everything, it seems, was coming to a head.
In the midst of all these events, Jesus took some time to be alone with his disciples. There were no crowds, no Pharisees, and no storms....
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