Summary: Jesus during His ministry on earth, had compassion on many occasions. Find out those times when He was moved to service by compassion, in this message.
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Today’s Sermon Title
The Compassion of Jesus Christ
By-Evangelist Gary Huckaby
Webster defines the word "Compassion" as; Pity or Sympathy. From the Greek "Compassion" is defined as "Inward Affection, Pity or Sympathy, yearning.
What compassion means to us today literally is "Suffering With Another!"
Our message today has many Scripture verses for each of the six points I would like to make, so please have your Bible ready to follow along as each point is covered in this message.
In our world today, we have to look to see compassion among the general populous. Often though, we do see signs of compassion among the people, youth helping the elderly. Men stopping to change a flat tire for a helpless traveler, usually a lady. Just recently I saw a work truck stopped at a cross road, and another local person stopped and helping to jump start their vehicle. I visited recently with a Pastor friend at a local nursing home, where the elderly go to live under the care of nurses and doctors. While there this Pastor friend offered soft drinks to all who came to the service, and gave many two or three cans of drinks to take back to their roommates. You and I often confuse generosity and compassion, but it was this Pastors compassion to lift up the elderly by being generous to them. It was his compassion that caused him to act upon his generosity. Generosity comes from one’s compassion, and compassion is in dire need in our world today. Thus I want to show you from the Scripture the Compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Compassion For Souls,
Compassion On The Lost Sheep
In Matthew 9:36, we read; 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.
Jesus was moved with compassion! Lost souls moved Christ to cry out to them, to seek them, to save them. Again in the book of Mark we see Jesus moved with compassion. Mark 6:34; And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.
Compassion will move you to do something for those upon whom you have that compassion, and surely Jesus moved for these lost sheep by surrendering His life’s blood on the cross to provide forgiveness for sin. He died for you and He died for me upon that cross. Then He rose from the dead to show victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil. He told us in John 3, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Do you know His compassion in your life? Do you have compassion for those who are lost in sin, or do you just hate them. Remember dear Christian you and I were once lost as they are today, and it is our job to tell them that there is forgiveness in Christ.
Compassion To the Sick
Turn to the book of Matthew 14:14 and let us see Jesus compassion for the sick folks of His ministry.
And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. And again in,
Mark 1:41; And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.
Jesus loves sick people! He also loves those who are well, but He was moved with that "inward Affection" toward sick people. I know somewhat of this compassion as I have seen my children, and grandchildren go through sickness, and always I feel moved for them. I during my three Pastorates often visited the local hospitals reaching out to sick people. It didn’t matter if they were members of our congregation or not, I always tried to seek out those who needed the message of hope which is only found in Jesus Christ.
During Jesus ministry on earth Jesus often was confronted with sick people. While in the desert places, multitudes followed Him, and there in the desert places Jesus healed them. Those who stayed home didn’t receive this healing from the Lord as that they were not present to receive His healing touch or words. The same is also true today. Many times members of Churches do not have the healing touch of God because they are not among those who have been given the authority to pray for their healing.
James 5:13-15; Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.