THE COMPASSION OF JESUS
But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with COMPASSION for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.
The compassion and love of Jesus Christ is overwhelming.
However, we can be informed of this love and compassion, without ever meeting the person Himself.
We can read the story of the miracles and the deliverances He wrought in the lives of individuals, and it can just be a story out of history.
It is unprofitable to even begin to defend His existence as a historical figure. Entering into a debate regarding the silly challenge that He didn’t exist. There is no need to waste our time defending the fact, when it needs no defence.
But that His love and compassion is MORE THAN a historical fact about Him, but rather is a present reality – needs addressed.
Because there is no other way of knowing personally, the authenticity of this love and compassion, other than actually meeting Him for yourself.
God sounds an incredulous tone at the antics of the human race. Over and over we read of how He couldn’t fathom the unbelief of those around Him. Their lack of spiritual understanding seemed to flabbergast the Son of God.
How is it that ye DO NOT UNDERSTAND THAT I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
I have referred to this quite often in my writings.
The love of Christ is such that He understands the dilemma man has got himself into – and He offers an escape from it.
The dilemma of the nature we are born with and it’s complete inadequacy when it comes to spiritual matters.
His love and compassion is behind His offer of help.
In innumerable ways His voice (His words) can be heard offering this help – IF we have ears to hear.
These innumerable ways offered through His words are what we refer to when we speak of Christian ‘doctrine’.
The wisdom of the just is found in the scriptures.
Luke 1:17 (Re: John the baptist)
He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the WISDOM OF THE JUST, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
The compassion and sympathy and empathy of the Son of God is overwhelming, but we fail to realise – that it is so.
We fail because our attention span is short. It doesn’t last – we do not pursue His knowledge. We do not hunger for His revelation as we should. Many do not search the scriptures to see if ‘these things are so…’
(Example of those who did…) Acts 17:11
These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and SEARCHED the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.
We hear a few paragraphs in some Christian message that does not appeal to us straight away (for one reason or another), and so we throw the baby out with the bath water, rather than search, for ourselves, the unsearchable riches of Christ.
Ephesians 3:8 (Paul the Apostle speaking)
[ Purpose of the Mystery ] To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the UNSEARCHABLE RICHES OF CHRIST,
We fail to experience this love and compassion because we do not meet the author of the book – the one we read about, who time after time – healed the sick, cleansed the lepers, cast out devils, and raised the dead.
It is just a story. A story from history – yes – but just a story, UNLESS there is a way to meet Him now.
Flippant reasoning easily jumps to the conclusion: ‘Well if He wants us to know Him why doesn’t He make it easy, and simply show up at the drop of a hat, or at the whim of my last thought that He should do so..?’
We don’t even stop to consider THE WAY He has ordained, in order that His creation can return to fellowship with Him.
So the means by which mankind is sidetracked from finding Him are innumerable and we are blind to the fact, that we choose those weak and beggarly excuses to steer clear of this wonderful third person of the Godhead.
But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the WEAK AND BEGGARLY elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?
There is one thing the Almighty could not, and cannot, do – and that is lie.
…that by two immutable things, in which it is IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD TO LIE, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.
“GOD IS NOT A MAN, THAT HE SHOULD LIE, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
God is not a man that He should lie. So, as a totally righteous being who cannot sin or lie, it is understandable that He – all knowing as He is – couldn’t fathom the sinful reasoning and incomprehension of his fallen creation, when it comes to spiritual matters. Simply because He has not experienced what it is to be sinful, with all it’s inflicted limitations.
He couldn’t fathom it, because He knew no sin.
2 Corinthians 5:21
For He made Him who KNEW NO SIN to BE SIN FOR US, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Until He himself, experienced the nature that He couldn’t comprehend – firstly by becoming a man or taking a man’s body for His earthly habitation, but more importantly by BECOMING SIN ON THE CROSS – taking upon Himself the nature of sinful man and it’s due punishment – that sinful man might be redeemed and be given a way to experience the DIVINE nature as the Holy Spirit enters his life.
Christ having become a man, is now touched by the feeling of our infirmities because He was tempted in all points like as we.
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of OUR INFIRMITIES; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
1 John 4:2
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is COME IN THE FLESH is of God:
The reason He can have COMPASSION on the lost is also to do with the fact that He tasted (on the cross) the nature that we have – in all its sin, contradictions and failings.
He is a faithful high priest, who knows our every struggle. He knows we want to do what is right, but when we would do what is right – behold we sin instead!
I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
We struggle and strive to be good and to do what is right by everyone. We strive and struggle to be like Him but (unaided i.e. without meeting Him) we can’t. We fail miserably at trying to be good.
Confirming the truth that there is none good but God Himself.
And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me GOOD? there is NONE GOOD BUT ONE, THAT IS, GOD.
This is our dilemma – but He understands and daily showers us with long-suffering and patience, giving us opportunity after opportunity to turn and hear what He says.
He has preserved Holy writ (the Bible) in order that man can have access to the story of His love and compassion, in which He clearly states – ‘Come unto me all you that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest…’ (Matthew 11/28).
Begin your journey today. A journey progressing to your own personal Pentecost (Acts 2).
Seek in order to find.
By faith – we enter into a personal relationship so that the love and compassion we read about – is appreciated not only because it is a true record of the Son of God – but now by His unmerited favour WE MEET THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK HIMSELF.
May you experience the day, when you can echo the words (below) in your own experience:
…the love of God IS SHED ABROAD in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
(Capitalisation emphasis mine)