A Man of Compassion

Perhaps you’ve never looked at Jesus this way, but there are times when I catch myself looking at him as if he methodically and emotionlessly moved through his ministry. Each morning he awoke, completed his assignments and went to bed knowing tomorrow would be the same. He came to die, but the rest was not just details.

He came to love people. He came to serve them. He came to care for the hurting, suffering, marginalized — all of us who have been decimated by the effects of sin.

He is the compassionate Son of God.

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. (Matthew 9:36, ESV)

When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. (Matthew 14:14, ESV)

Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.” (Matthew 15:32, ESV)

And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” (Luke 7:13, ESV)

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