Summary: Jesus was never to busy to stop and help whoever was in need. Wether a tax collector, or a rich young ruler. He showed grace to everyone, all the way to the cross. If we call ourselves Christian and we are Christ, shouldn't we be willing to do the same?
Matthew 18:35-42 NKJ
35 Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. 36 And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. 37 So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. 38 And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
39 Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
40 So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, 41 saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?”
He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.”
42 Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” 43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
Here we see Jesus on his way to Jerusalem, to have his triumphant entry and be proclaimed king. And then ultimately to be crucified by His own people. To say that Jesus had a lot on his mind, would be an understatement.
On the journey, He had an encounter with a notorious tax collector named Zacheous, that Ended up coming to repentance and salvation. He took the time to bless the little children.
He also took the time to give Council to the rich young ruler. And there are many more examples of Jesus Compassion, in scripture we could mention this morning!
All these things we know that He did, all the while with every step that he took, was one step closer to the cross.
Some people think that God is just too busy for their need, or to hear their problem. As we just read, God is never too busy to listen to the needs of his children. Never too busy to show compassion!
“A little lame boy was once hurrying to catch a train. In the press of the crowd he experienced real difficulty in manipulating his crutches, especially as he was carrying a basket full of fruit and candy. As the passengers rushed along, one hit the basket by mistake, knocking oranges, apples, and candy bars in all directions. The man who caused the accident paused only long enough to scold the cripple for getting in his way.
Another gentleman, seeing the boy’’ distress, went to his aid. Quickly he picked up the fruit and added a silver dollar to the collection, saying, ‘I’m sorry, Sonny! I hope this makes up a little!’” With a smile he was on his way. The young boy who had seldom been the recipient of such kindness called after the ‘good Samaritan’ in gratitude and awe, ‘Mister—please sir, are you Jesus?’ “No,’ replied his new-found friend, ‘I’m only one of His followers.’ (Our Daily Bread)
What the man did was show the boy Grace and compassion. If you're a follower of Jesus, you're supposed to be the same and have Christlike characteristics. Just as Jesus took time out of his busy schedule to help others, we are to do the same.
So often times we may come across different peoples needs, that are bigger than our parameter of faith. That's when we become guilty of focusing on our limited abilities instead of Gods Amazing ability. And as long as we focus on our ability we will only be intimidated by whatever it is that we're facing!
Jesus said with man's ability nothing is possible, but He also went on to say with God's ability there is nothing impossible!
How do we realize more of Gods ability in our lives? Grace is what makes it possible at all in the first place. And the way that we realize more of God's amazing ability and He wants to do in our lives, is by acknowledging more of his grace in our lives. And that Gift of Grace, is JESUS!
Gods Free Gift Of Grace;
It's been understated,
It's been abused some might say,
It's been underappreciated to say the least!
And yet it continues to give nonstop, to all who will accept it and believe
what it can do for them in their situation and life!
Grace: on the Internet there are many definitions, but the one I want to talk about is.
The free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.
God's redemption at Christ's expense.
Mark 2:1-7 MSG
1-5 After a few days, Jesus returned to Capernaum, and word got around that he was back home. A crowd gathered, jamming the entrance so no one could get in or out. He was teaching the Word. They brought a paraplegic to him, carried by four men. When they weren’t able to get in because of the crowd, they removed part of the roof and lowered the paraplegic on his stretcher. Impressed by their bold belief, Jesus said to the paraplegic, “Son, I forgive your sins.”