“Come away by yourselves to a solitary place, and rest.” Mark 6:30-32 says the reason Jesus went to a “solitary place” is that the disciples had recently gathered back together to Jesus after traveling to the cities of Israel and healing the sick, casting out demons, etc., and they had no time even to eat. In contrast, Matthew says it was because Jesus had just heard about the death of John the Baptist. Both things contributed to Jesus’ decision to go away with his disciples, and get away from the crowd. [For more on Jesus’ getting away for some time alone with his disciples, see commentary on Matt. 14:13].