A Passion For Souls
Text: Matt. 9:36-38 – PPHC April 5, 2006
Intro: The Bible is a book filled with meaning and blessing. However, some passages are very disturbing. For instance, Ps. 142:4, where the Bible says, "no man cared for my soul." I believe there are literally millions in our world tonight about whom no man cares. It is safe to say that millions live in this world with no one to pray for them, tell them about Jesus or to live a Christian witness before them. Sadly, there are many Christians who are saved, hell proof, heaven bound, etc, who do not care about the souls of the lost. What a contrast with the Lord Jesus Christ! 1It was His passion for souls that brought Him from Heaven to earth, 2that motivated His every waking activity, Luke 19:10; Mark 10:45. 3It was this passion for souls that propelled Him to an old rugged cross where He gave His life to save the lost sinner, Rom. 5:8.
In this passage, Jesus looked upon the multitudes that had gathered around Him because of the miracles. As He looked at the helpless, hopeless, and hurting people, Jesus saw four elements that caused Him to be moved with compassion on these lost ones. These same four elements ought to cause us that claim the Name of Jesus to have the same heart for sinners that motivated our Savior! Let’s spend a few minutes today looking into this passage as we consider the thought, "A Passion For Souls."
· “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.” [i]
· Jesus saw – oida – to see with the eyes; to perceive; to discern by the senses.
I. Jesus Saw Their Departure from God – v. 36
A. Outside the fold. (No company or fellowship)
· Scattered – rhipto = to cast aside; throw down through the idea of sudden motion.
· Satan doesn’t care about humanity; he desires to crush mankind (drugs, financial ruin,
divorce, alcohol; he desires to leave you on the trash heap of society).
B. Away from the Shepherd. (No guidance or protection)
C. Away from home. (No comfort or rest)
D. Apart from where they ought to have been.
1. Eph. 2:12 – “…at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of
Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the
E. Christians need to understand that this world is away from God!
1. Not everyone is in a right relationship with Him. But, all need a witness!
a. The Good Shepherd seeks sheep like these – Luke 15:3-7
II. Jesus Saw Their Depravity in Sin - v. 36
A. Jesus wasn’t referring to physical fainting! He intended a deeper meaning! (oida)
· “loose him and let him go” – luo- take away the thing that binds him.
· They were weary – ekluo – Stripped away; stripped out of their strength; to become
B. He was moved with compassion because these people were lost.
1. They were under a burdensome load of sin – Eph. 2:1-3; Psa. 38:4!
C. Notice the sins of the world! Mankind is capable of absolutely anything you can imagine