So much has been said about Jesus. Some people think that He was a radical that stirred up the people. Some say that He was a good man who offered sound teaching and good principles for mankind to live by. But I do not hear very much about the compassion of our Lord.
While He was on Earth, He went about doing good, healing, loving, and forgiving. As a matter of fact, before He healed anyone, the thing that He said more than anything was, “Your sins be forgiven thee.” The people did not even have to ask for forgiveness. They weren’t even thinking about it. All they wanted at the time was to be healed from whatever infirmity or sickness that they had. Yet the Lord had compassion on them and gave them the greatest gift before they had even asked for it: forgiveness. (Psalms 32:1 states, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.) But I am not speaking on forgiveness as of yet. I am speaking on the great compassion of the Lord Jesus.
The definition of compassion is this: Sorrow for the sufferings or trouble of another or others, accompanied by an urge to help. Jesus was full of compassion. Let me give you a few examples:
“But when he saw the multitude, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.” (Matt. 9:36)
“And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and He healed their sick.” (Matt.14:14)
“So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.” (Matt. 20:34)
One of the most touching passages of Scripture that I love the most was the story of the leper. Leprosy was a grievous plague and the people were declared unclean and could not be around people and they had to shout out the words, “Unclean! Unclean!” whenever they were around other people so that the people would steer clear of them. They had to live apart by themselves and could not live amongst the people. They could only be around other lepers. People avoided them like the plague. But not Jesus. Hear what He said to a leper who came to Him:
“And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to Him, and saying unto Him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth His hand and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.” (Mark 1:40,41) Jesus not only healed him willingly and with great compassion, but HE TOUCHED HIM. He touched those whom others would have avoided like the plague. Our Lord was like that.
So many people think that God is some great big ogre in the sky with a big billy club just waiting to knock us out for any and every infraction, sin, or mistake that we ever make, but that could not be further from the truth. Jesus Christ came as the express image of God Himself. He did nothing, nor said anything that did not come directly from the Father. Jesus said, “If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father.” The Lord, both the Lord God, the Father, and the Lord, the Son are One. They share the same characteristics. And they are both FULL of compassion.
“But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.” (Psalm 86:15)
The Lord has been given a bad rap (and rep) by satan and the world at large. He is seen as some remote and unfeeling deity in the sky who rejoices when things go wrong for us and that He can’t wait to punish us. But those are lies straight from the pit of hell. For God says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon Me, and ye shall go and pray unto Me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.” (Jer. 29:11-13)
I experience the compassion of the Lord daily. He is there through my tears, my fears, my triumphs, and my failures. He never fails to bring me words of compassion and comfort when I am down or hurting.
Lamentations 3:22,23 says, “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness.”
Jesus was more than just a man of passion. He was a man of COMpassion. And His compassion is extended to you. All you have to do is reach out and touch the hem of His garment. His Arms have been outstretched towards you since the day that you were born and they will stay stretched out until the day comes when He can no longer call. “Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:” (Heb. 3:7,8) The Lord, in His great love and mercy, is reaching out to you. Please do not harden your heart. There is nothing that you have done or not done that He has not already forgiven. You are not a lost cause. Your life is not over. It is only just beginning if you will give your heart to the One Who loves you so much that He literally gave His life to save yours. So that you can live a life of peace, love, and joy. I am a living witness to that fact. My life is one of joy and complete satisfaction, problems, challenges, and all. And all because of the compassion of the Lord Jesus Christ.
My prayer for you is that you experience His compassion for yourself. I’m not preaching to you. I am simply sharing my life’s experiences with you. If He has so set me free, He will do precisely the same thing for you, for He is no respecter of persons.
Reach out for the Master’s Hand. I promise that He will grab onto yours and never let you go!