Jesus Is Compassionate
Jesus’ compassion leads to action. He has pity, shows mercy, and feels sympathy when you’re in need. Your life is different because of it. His compassion channeled through you, a mark of being controlled by the Holy Spirit, changes the lives of others for the better.
Jesus cares for the shepherdless. Mark 6:30 resumes description of the ministry of the twelve. They experienced the same ministry results Jesus did. Crowds followed them just like they followed Jesus.
The disciples reported back to Jesus all they’d taught and done. But concentrated ministry had taken a toll. Jesus knew they needed rest.
They got into a boat and headed for the uninhabited territory along the northeastern shore of the Sea of Galilee. The crowds ran north along the shore to intercept them. Multitudes were waiting for them when they arrived on the other shore. So much for a vacation!
Jesus didn’t respond as I would’ve when my plans are frustrated. He saw the milling crowd as so many sheep without a shepherd. He was moved with compassion toward them. He didn’t ignore them. He taught them. You never outgrow your need for spiritual instruction. Are you taking advantage of the opportunities your church offers to teach you many things?
The day was drawing to a close, and Jesus was still teaching. His disciples suggested He send the multitudes to nearby towns to purchase food. Illogically, Jesus said, “You give them something to eat” (Mark 6:37, NIV). Jesus commanded them to do what was naturally impossible. But they soon learned that a consecrated little, presented to Jesus, becomes much and enriches many lives. Have you surrendered your natural abilities, talents, and hobbies for God to multiply and influence others for Christ?
From Mark 6:45-52 we observe that Jesus cares for the struggling. After feeding the 5000, Jesus dismissed His disciples. He told them to take the boat to Bethsaida. Soon they found themselves rowing against a ferocious wind. Jesus saw their struggling (6:48) and set out across the lake to join them. As He approached on top of the water, they thought He was a ghost. Jesus identified Himself and told them not to be afraid. The moment He entered the boat, the wind ceased.
Just because Jesus cares when you suffer doesn’t eliminate struggles. The disciples struggled at the oars for hours before He intervened. Trials don’t mean Jesus has forgotten about you. He allows trials that will move you toward spiritual maturity. Your becoming more like Jesus is more important than your always being comfortable.
God cares for the suffering (Mark 6:53-56). The boat finally landed on the plain of Gennesaret on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. Crowds soon gathered and pressed upon Jesus. To them He was Dr. Jesus, M.D. All who touched Him were healed (Mark 6:56). How does healing in its many forms come to those outside of Jesus Christ because your life touches theirs? How can you and your church demonstrate Jesus’ compassion to those who aren’t yet following Jesus? #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources
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