Torrey - Christ -4.5- The Compassion of Christ

V. THE COMPASSION OF JESUS CHRIST. THE OBJECTS OF CHRIST'S COMPASSION Mark 6:34 "And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things." Matthew 9:36, RV — "But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them, because they were distressed and scattered, as sheep not having a shepherd."

First Proposition: Jesus Christ had compassion for the multitude who were distressed and scattered abroad like sheep not having a shepherd.

What if Jesus were in Chicago? How does He feel toward the hundreds of millions in China? Consider the Pharisees in John 7:48-49 — "Hath any of the rulers believed on him, or of the Pharisees? But this multitude which knoweth not the law are accursed." Who are we more like, Christ or the Pharisees? Mark 8:2 — "I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat."

Second Proposition: Jesus Christ had compassion for the hungry multitude.

Both the spiritual destitution of men and their physical need appealed to the compassion of Jesus Christ. Matthew 14:14 "And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick."

Third Proposition: Jesus Christ had compassion for the multitude in general.

Whenever Jesus saw a crowd of men, He was moved with compassion. His compassion for the multitude is mentioned in the Gospels five times. A crowd of men is a pitiful sight; it represents so much of sorrow, pain, and sin. What is your feeling when you look out upon a crowd? Judging by the context of this passage, the sick seem to have especially drawn out His compassion. Matthew 20:34 "So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him."

Fourth Proposition: Jesus Christ had compassion for the blind. Mark 9:22,25 — "And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us. When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him."

Fifth Proposition: Jesus Christ had compassion for the demonized, the victims of the power of unclean spirits.

In the scripture above, there was much in the man that was repulsive and hateful, but Jesus beheld him with compassion. Mark 1:40-41 — "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."

Sixth Proposition: Jesus Christ had compassion for the leper.

The world, even the religious world of that day, met the leper with repulsion, disgust, and scorn. Christ met him with compassion. While the world drew away from him, Christ drew toward him. Luke 7:12-13 — "Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and much people of the city was with her. And when the Logo saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not."

Seventh Proposition: Jesus Christ had compassion for the bereaved.

This is the only recorded case where Jesus met a funeral procession. Here we see what His feeling was toward the mourner. What is your feeling toward mourners? Luke 15:20 — "And he arose and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him." (Compare vv. 1-2 — "Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him, and the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.") Eighth Proposition: Jesus Christ had compassion for the sinful, the lost, the spiritually dead. Mark 3:5 — "And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other."

Ninth Proposition: Jesus Christ had compassion for all those afflicted by any form of misfortune, wretchedness, or degradation.

Jesus Christ did not go about his work from a cold sense of duty, but His own heart drew Him out toward those He helped and saved. His deeds of mercy cost Him something more than the sacrifice of leisure and the expenditure of effort and power. They cost him heartaches. He made others' sorrows His own sorrows, others' agony His own agony, others' sin and shame His own sin and shame. He could not look upon misery, pain, death, or sin without heart pangs. (John 1 1:33 — "When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit and was troubled.") Herein lies one great secret of His power. It is the misery we make our own that we can comfort; it is the want we make our own that we can fully satisfy; it is the sin we make our own that we can save another from. ( 2 Corinthians 5:21 — "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.") Real power to help others is an expensive thing, but anyone can have it who is willing to pay the price.

However, the one who is not willing to give up lightness of heart, and take instead burden of heart over the world's sin and sorrow and shame, may as well give up the thought of being a helper, much less a savior of men. Men can not be saved by burning words, but only by bleeding hearts.

HOW THE COMPASSION OF CHRIST WAS MANIFESTED

Luke 10:33-36 — -"But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was; and when he saw him he had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him: and whatsoever thou spendeth more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou was neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves?"

The good Samaritan in the last analysis is a picture of Jesus Christ.

Tenth Proposition: The compassion of Jesus Christ was not manifested in mere feelings or words, but in action, in self-sacrificing, persistently ministering to the needs of the one for whom He had compassion. Mark 6:34 — "And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things."

Eleventh Proposition: The compassion of Jesus Christ for the unshepherded was manifested in His patiently teaching them when He himself was weary and sore at heart.

He taught before he fed. Why? His showing of compassion is an act that all Christians should imitate. Find a street person or a homeless child and begin showing some real compassion. Matthew 14:14 "And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick."

Twelfth Proposition: The compassion of Jesus Christ for the unshepherded was manifested in His healing the sick. Matthew 15:32 — "Then Jesus called his disciples unto him and said, I have compassion, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat." (See following verses) Thirteenth Proposition: The compassion of Jesus Christ was manifested in feeding the hungry. Matthew 20:32-34 — "And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you? They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes; and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him."

Fourteenth Proposition: The compassion of Jesus Christ was manifested (a) in standing still when, while on important and urgent business, he listened to the cry of two blind beggars, and (b ) in opening the eyes of the blind. Mark 5:8 — "For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit." Mark 9:25 — "When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him."

Fifteenth Proposition: The compassion of Jesus Christ was manifested in casting unclean spirits out of men. Mark 1:41 — "And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will: be thou clean."

Sixteenth Proposition: The compassion of Jesus Christ was manifested (a) in putting forth His hand and touching the leper (for years that leper had not felt the touch of a clean and loving hand), and (b) in healing the leper. Luke 7:12-14 "Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city were with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Wee[) not. And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise."

Seventeenth Proposition: The compassion of Jesus Christ was manifested (a) in bidding the sorrowing to no longer weep, and (b) in restoring the departed to the one bereft. Luke 7:48,50 — "And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace." John 6:37 — "All that the father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."

Eighteenth Proposition: The compassion of Jesus Christ was manifested in welcoming and pardoning the sinner and bidding her go in peace.

Let us remember Hebrews 13:8 — "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today and forever," and 1 John 2:6 — -"He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked."