Sunday, September 15, 2013

S.S.S. sermon notes "What moved Christ to compassion?"

What moved Christ to compassion

Only 4 times does Gods word record Jesus Christ having been "moved with compassion (3 occasions) and in one other place we find our Lord having compassion on someone.

Compassion- to have sympathy or feel pity, to painfully sympathize with another.

1. The helpless condition of the sick man

Mark 1:40-41 (leprosy is a symbol of sin, Jesus Christ had compassion on this leper who's life was ruined by his condition, who's relationships and aspirations were ruined, and who could not do anything to help himself. Very similar to the condition of a lost man.

2. The people with no shepherd.

Matthew 9:35-38, Matthew 9:38 and Luke 10:2 are the only places in Gods word where we find Jesus Christ telling us "exactly what to pray for" in other places He tells us how to pray and to pray often, but only here is a specific request made, and that request gives us a glimpse into Gods desire.

2nd Peter 3:9 God wants all men to come to repentance and not perish.

God tells you to pray for workers (preachers, missionaries, and evangelists) would you pray that He chose you? If you are not willing to serve God at least pray that others would be and don't hinder them!

All around this earth people desire knowledge of God and have none to teach them, and Romans 1:20 tells us that even if they are never presented with the gospel by you or i they still face Hell.

Romans 10:14    "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?"             do not take preaching for granted.

Mark 6:33-34 is another place where Christ is moved with compassion on those who have no shepherd.

3. The Multitudes who followed Him into the dessert.

Matthew 14:10-21

These people followed Jesus Christ into a literal desert, a no mans land because they desired His words and His power, and because of their devotion to seek God I believe He had compassion on them.

We have Gods word, we do not have to seek it, and Gods power is promised to His children if we will desire it, how sad it is that we who do not need to suffer to reach the words of God let those words become meaningless to us, we let our hearts grow cold to His word and we lose His power in our lives.

Do you want Gods power in your life?
Romans 1:15-16
Gods word is power and Jesus Christ had compassion on the multitudes who sought Him.

Jesus had compassion on another in the bible.
Luke 7:11-16

Jesus Christ had compassion on the woman who lost her son, and He raised him from the dead.

The woman cried for her dead son
Jesus answered her tears by returning her son to her.

Ephesians 2:1,2:5, Colossians 2:13 all speak of being dead in sin. We know from John 3:3-16 that unless a man is born again he will go to Hell!

When is the last time you shed a tear for that person you know who is dead in sin? When is the last time you were moved to compassion, moved to tears by the spiritual deadness of our world?When is the last time you dropped the defenses and allowed the preaching of Gods word to affect your heart?

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