But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Matthew 9:36
Jesus was a man of many emotions. We know that He wept at the tomb of Lazarus. We are told that he loved a rich young ruler. We are told that He showed anger and yet sinned not. What I want to address with you is His compassion. Indeed we are told that He was a man of compassion over people and the writers of the Word show us this.
When Jesus came to this earth to fulfill all that the Father gave Him to do, He came knowing humanity in righteousness. That is an important point. Jesus is Holy and He was completely holy before coming to this earth and also when He born. He did not elevate himself to holiness He embodied holiness. It was His holiness that drove Him in His earthly ministry. We read that He went after the lost sheep of Israel. Many times the interrupters used common words of the time (I speak of the KJV) conveying the thought which shows us His compassion. It was His compassion to tell Philip we need to feed the multitude. It was his compassion to go to the Samaritan woman. It was His compassion that eventually led Him to the cross and bear our sin.
It is good that we remember that the root word of compassion is passion. Passion is the drive a person has for something they know to do. By His words and example Jesus taught us compassion, but I wonder if we have forgotten? What does Jesus see in our assemblies? Is he pleased? Which direction of the pendulum are we at? Have we become hardshell in our beliefs? Have we become Armenian in our approach to the world? Our practice, as a church, tells a lot about us. Jesus said to go and yet we don’t. Jesus says we are to baptize believers yet we have no one to baptize because we failed in the first part. We are to disciple the newly saved, but again, the failure to go has even prevented that.
I know we have many believers read this simple blog everyday. Do you feel the passion to go and tell others of Jesus? Then let your light shine. Just a thought…