Jesus is Compassionate

BY PASTOR JOSH HEILBRUN | JAMESTOWN CAMPUS PASTOR

What a beautiful summer it has been! I was reading the Bible the other day and two passages struck me. One was Matthew 20:29-34, and the other was Matthew 9:35-38. Let’s read Matthew 9 together.  

Matthew 9:35-38, “And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’”

What struck me in these two instances was the writers noting what Jesus saw. One story a blindman crying out for Jesus to have mercy on Him, and the other noting the posture of the crowd. As He saw them, He was moved with compassion. When Jesus Christ felt compassion, and pity in Matthew 20, He wasn’t just moved deeply but it manifested into action.

Holy Spirit helped me notice some things through a model I have read about. 

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  • Head: Jesus saw the crowd and man. He took information in that allowed Him to assess the situation and their state of being. 

  • Heart: He allowed that information move Him deeply with compassion. He felt for them. His heart went out toward them.

  • Hands: Jesus’ deep feelings of compassion for them moved Him to action. One calling the disciples to see the harvest was ready. The other in healing the blind man. 

We see and hear of people in need for various things every day very similar to these scenarios. There are always challenges in this process. Challenges confront us in this process such as: disengaging our heart and only using our head to hands forgetting to listen well and just want to “fix” everything, or disengaging our hearts so we become jaded, apathetic, and lacking empathy, or overwhelmed by not knowing what to do once we feel great compassion.

As followers of Jesus Christ we cannot allow our heart to ever be disengaged nor think we don’t have the solution. We carry supernatural solutions that the world desperately needs. We have the Spirit of God inside of us! Dare to be moved with compassion today and let your hands take action!