THE COMPASSION OF JESUS
“And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.”Matthew 14:14
This is one of the most remarkable statements that are made of Jesus in the Gospel writings. The Apostles of the Lord had first hand experience of the lord Jesus, as such, their writings were very personal. They wrote what they saw and were deeply impressed by.
At times, they observed things in the life and conduct of Jesus that were very difficult to communicate with mere human words. The scripture above is one of them. In fact the original word translated ‘compassion’ is a very remarkable one. It’s not found in the Septuagint nor in Classical Greek. They couldn’t find one word in the Greek that suited their purpose therefore they had to coin one themselves.
What they saw was practically impossible to describe with the vocabulary they had. They tried describing the deep emotion, a striving of the bowels from within, the yearning of the innermost nature with sorrow at the pain of the suffering one. They must have noticed that when our Saviour beheld mankind in certain conditions, so great was his internal agitation, so intense were his emotions that they had never seen anything like it.
His eyes must have gushed with tears, his voice broken, he must have been bent over in deep anguish.
His whole nature was agitated with empathy for the suffering one.
This is worthy of note; they were more struck by his compassion than his power. Jesus was God in flesh. He came to re-present God to us. We see a God who is moved deeply by the feelings of our infirmities.
The disciples had read of the prophets of old, they had seen the religious leaders of their day but no one deeply cared about people like Jesus!
And that has not changed. He has compassion today on the suffering one. He is deeply moved by the pain and the suffering of the needy one.
In fact, he feels more deeply today than when he walked the face of the earth. When he walked this earth, he hadn’t offered the sacrifice of himself. There was no sacrifice for sins, no ransom for the sick. But today we have the blessing of the Cross and His blood. There is no reason under heaven why you should be sick, in want or oppressed of the devil.
Today if you’re in need of a miracle, I want you to see the compassionate Christ. He’s waiting on you to take your right and stop the devil’s parade in your life. He’s made the provision, now its your call.
If you need a miracle, this is your day! Wherever you are, go ahead and command the miracle in. Resist the devil and he will flee!
Dear Heavenly Father, i thank you for filling my heart with love and compassion. I thank you for your Spirit that lives within me, helping me to be sensitive to the needs of others, and to touch them with your love, healing, mercy and compassion, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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