After Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, he appeared to two puzzled disciples who were walking toward Emmaus. The Apostle Luke describes the encounter (notice the verses that I bold):
14 They were talking with each other
about everything that had happened.
15 As they talked and discussed these
things with each other, Jesus himself
came up and walked along with them;
16 but they were kept from recognizing
17 He asked them,
13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.
Why did Jesus seek solitude? He must have been saddened by the martyrdom of John the Baptist and revulsed by the cruelty of King Herod. The Messiah should not be portrayed as being so loving that He could not then, and not now hate sin. God’s holy nature requires that kind of reaction, while his nature is a
From Matthew 13:
34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. 35 So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet:
“I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”
Then [Jesus] left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable..."