Summary: Jesus had compassion for people in need. This sermon which includes 2 true stories of men who had compassion for others forces us to determine if we, too, have compassion for others.

Compassion. Do You Have It?

Matthew 9:35-38

[35]Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

[36] But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.

[37] Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.

[38] Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest."

This passage from the Bible says Jesus had compassion.

What does the word “compassion” mean?

Webster’s Dictionary says, :sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it”

When Jesus saw people in need, He had compassion for them.

If we are truly followers of Jesus, we too should have compassion.

We are not here to take care of ourselves.

We are here to genuinely serve, just like Jesus did.

Jesus always put others before his own needs.

As we read through the gospels we see that Jesus loved people.

He loved and treated people like no one else ever did.

On 8 separate occasions in Jesus’ ministry

the gospels mention that Jesus felt compassion on the crowds.

Matthew 14:14, “When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick

Matthew 15:32

Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, "I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way."

Matthew 20:34

So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.

Mark 1:41

Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, "I am willing; be cleansed."

Mark 5:19

However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, "Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you."

Mark 8:2

"I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat.

Luke 7:13

When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep."

Obviously Jesus was moved to compassion many other times

that the Scriptures do not even record.

We as Christians are called to show

that same type of compassion towards other people in this world.

I believe that love for God and love for other people

is the most important aspect of faith.

So often our love for people is drowned out in our own busyness.

We forget what is most important.

The Kingdom of God is more about others than it is you and me.

The Kingdom of God revolves around how we treat others

and the compassion and love we show to them.

How many of you have seen the movie “Schindler’s List”?

Oskar Schindler was a German industrialist

and member of the Nazi Party.

He is credited with saving the lives of 1,200 Jews

during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories.

Schindler was initially motivated by profit,

but came to show extraordinary dedication

to save the lives of his Jewish employees.

Well, Oskar Schindler wasn’t the only man

who saved the lives of many Jews.

Raoul Wallenberg was a man with genuine love.

During World War II the Nazis

were sending the Hungarian Jews to concentration camps,

and no one could stop them.

Hitler wanted all Jews exterminated.

Wallenberg was determined to save as many Jews as possible.

Wallenberg succeeded in convincing the Swedish embassy

to negotiate with the Germans

that anyone who had protective passes

would be treated like Swedish citizens.

They would be exempt from wearing the yellow star of David.

He used unconventional methods to accomplish his purpose,

including bribes and extortion threats.

The Swedish diplomats were initially hesitant

because they did not approve of his tactics,

but in the end they gave their support.

Wallenberg was initially given only 1,500 passes.

When that wasn't enough,

he negotiated for more and more,

even stooping to promises and empty threats.

In the end, the Hungarian foreign ministry

ended up granting him 4,500 protective passes.

Then he had a new idea.

He built 30 safe houses

under the protection of the Swedish embassy.

These became safe havens for the Jews.

Eventually, the Nazis started the brutal death marches,

forcing more and more Jews to leave Hungary by foot.

When they started to transport the Jews by trains,

Wallenberg came to the rescue.

He courageously climbed into the train boxcars.

He walked along the boxcar roofs,

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