Summary: We need to have compassion like Jesus had and to that, we must look at the multitudes through his eyes.
‘SEEING THE MULTITUDES THROUGH THE EYES OF JESUS’
I remember when I was a paperboy for the Birmingham New paper many years ago. I carried the paper to a house overlooking the town. It was a lawyer’s house and his blind sister lived with him. One day when I was delivering the paper she met me at the top of the porch. She said to me, look down over the town and tell me how it looked, tell me what going on.
We need to have compassion like Jesus had and to that, we must look at the multitudes through his eyes.
I-NOTICE THE SEEING OF JESUS:
You can tell the difference between simply Feeling sorry for someone and real compassion, in that I can walk by a beggar and feel sorry for him and do nothing but if I feel compassion I will do something for him.
A-HE SAW THEIR DEPARTURE FROM GOD:
36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion onthem, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
And were scattered abroad--rather, "lying about," "abandoned," or "neglected."
Jesus knew that they would never come to God unless they had the help of someone like the lost sheep had the help of the Shepherd.
I heard W.A. Criswell preach at a convention when he was 76 years of age. In his sermon as he preached about the people in Dallas who were lost from God, he begin to cry. Here was man, who pastored a Church of over 20,000 members yet he said, that is go good, if there is just one lost soul yet in Dallas.
B-HE SAW THEIR DEPRAVITY OF SIN:
But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion onthem, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
This means more than physical exhaustion but it means spiritual exhaustion. It is speaking of their giving into sins. (Rent or mangled as if by wild beasts. Because they were faint - In soul rather than in body. )
Now I am touched and concerned about those who are physically sick. I am like the preacher who said, I am touched by the cripple man, but I also concerned about the man who has been crippled by sin.
I read about a cow in Iowa who gotten stuck in a silo. All the farmers around the small town came to the silo trying to rescue the cow. And finally they did. People can be concerned about one cow, but not the many souls who need forgiveness of sin.
I read about the story of a Christian worker who taught a cripple boy how to walk but when he did, he went back into sin. She later said at his death a few years later, I taught him how to walk but I failed to teach him how to live for Jesus.
C-HE SAW THEIR DESTINY IN HELL
Luke 19:41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
JESUS Christ is the same yesterday, to day, and forever. He is the same Saviour now that he was that day when he wept over Jerusalem. If he were on earth now as he was then, I have no doubt but that there are many here today over whom he would weep, as he did over Jerusalem.
The Greek word for "wept" is much fuller. It comes from the Greek word which means to sob, i.e., to wail aloud."
Jesus knew that they were headed to hell and thus he cried out for them.
John Vassar won a blacksmith to the Lord while he was working at his job. As he was putting the horseshoe he was working on into the fire, John Vassar told him about hell, and it punishment. The blacksmith got the message quick and got saved.
The time the woman refused to let John Vassar into her house. He sat on her front porch and sang these words:
“BUT DROPS OF GRIEF CAN NE’ER REPAY
THE DEBT OF LOVE I OWE,
HERE LORD, I GIVE MYSELF AWAY,
TIS ALL THAT I CAN GOD””
A few weeks later, she came to Church and confessed he sins and got saved. She said, that song he sang, burned themselves into my heart, and I had to do something about it.
D-HE SAW THEIR DESPAIR
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.
People without Jesus as the shepherd of their souls are at the mercy of the devil and all his demons. An unsaved person wanders aimlessly into one dangerous situation after another. But the WORST thing of all is when an unsaved person dies without Jesus he or she goes out into ETERNITY into a LAKE of FIRE forever, which the Bible calls “the second death.” (Rev. 20:14-15)