Jesus’ Compassion, Our Compassion

By Terry Clark

Jesus displays his love and compassion for all mankind.

Upon seeing Mary and others weeping over the death of Lazarus, Jesus “groaned in the spirit and was troubled” (John 11). Though Lazarus would be raised, Jesus demonstrated his love and compassion as he wept for the grieving.

On two occasions Jesus fed 5,000 men and 4,000 men, respectively and the women and children that accompanied them. Matthew 14:14 states Jesus “was moved with compassion when he saw the multitudes,” and Matthew 15:32 states Jesus had “compassion on the multitude.” Jesus cares for the physical well-being of the weary.

Jesus cares for the lost and wandering sheep. “…But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest”” (Matthew 9:35-38).

Jesus had compassion for Jerusalem, knowing the temple would be destroyed. Luke 19:41-44 states, “as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it.” He was saddened they could not see their own fate.

Jesus had compassion on those who crucified God’s Son, sent for their very salvation. While on the cross, Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:3234).

Jesus cares for the physical and spiritual wellbeing of all people. He loves the lost and He loves those who reject him. Because of his deep love and compassion and not wanting anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9), he offers the gospel of salvation.

Christians are to have these same compassions for the multitudes. Before us are many opportunities to do good (Galatians 6:10) and to let our light shine (Mathew 5:16).

God willing, we will have a great opportunity in July to ask our neighbors “what can we do for you today?” and to lend a helping hand, pray on their behalf, and hopefully teach them the gospel of Christ.

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