How to Handle Difficult News

Later, John’s disciples came for his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus what had happened. As soon as Jesus heard the news, he left in a boat to a remote area to be alone” (Matt. 14:13, NLT).

Do you see something striking about these two verses? Jesus apparently didn’t know that His cousin had been executed until human messengers brought Him this information. This is in contrast to many other Scriptures where He knew things supernaturally, like people’s thoughts or what was about to happen. In those instances, Holy Spirit would give Him divine “intel.”

In this case, however, it looks like Holy Spirit did not do so. He received the disturbing news the same way any of us receive bad news, by natural means. We can see the immediate impact this had on Jesus’ emotions, in that it obviously stirred in Him a profound need to be alone and process. At once, He sought out a remote place for this purpose.

There’s a reason that the Father allowed Him to receive the news this way, rather than by prophetic revelation. One of God’s main goals Continue reading How to Handle Difficult News