In yesterday’s post ★Back to the Basics – GOD IS…HOLY ★, we discussed that as a result of God’ Holiness, as His followers we must “BE HOLY” because He is holy and cannot not even associate with a hint of sin. That is why Jesus sacrifice is so important!! Today we are going to see that…
I like to start off these posts with Old Testament examples of the attribute we are spotlighting. There is a passage that comes to mind:
Psalms 145:8-9 (NLT)
“The Lord is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. The Lord is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all His creation.”
I so love that the God who is over all the world has such attributes and thoughts towards us. How beautiful is that…God “showers compassion on all His creation.”
All through this “GOD IS…” series we have been looking at the attributes of God. The one constant has been how incredible it is that God sent His ONE and ONLY son Jesus to earth to die on a Roman cross to pay the ransom as a result of my sin so that ALL could be saved. This is what the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) testify to. God knew we could never do it on our own so He sent a replacement me to pay our debt — talk about compassion!
Here’s a fun fact for you: The Gospel of John covers the last year of Jesus’ life, while Matthew, Mark and Luke cover first (2) years of Jesus’ ministry. Did you know that there are very few things that are covered in all (4) Gospels? In fact, there are only (4) stories in common:
- The Death of Jesus. (Matthew 27:45-56, Mark 15:33-41, Luke 23:44-56, and John 19:28-42)
- The Resurrection of Jesus. (Matthew 28:1-20, Mark 16:1-20, Luke 24:1-12, and John 20:1-10)
- The Feeding of the 5,000. (Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-20, and John 6:1-15)
- The Baptism in the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 3:11, Mark 1:8, Luke 3:16 and John 1:33)
Throughout the gospels it says that Jesus “had compassion on them,” or “was moved with compassion for them” regardless of whether he was tired or not, Jesus made time for those in need. One particular instance was in Mark 6:34 (NLT) which says:
“Jesus saw the huge crowd as He stepped from the boat, and He had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So He began teaching them many things.”
This is how the day started that lead to Jesus “Feeding of the 5,000.” One more fun fact, that was the number of men feed, in reality it was probably more like 15,000 to 20,000 when woman and children are considered. This is such a widely known miracle but for me it always comes back to context. In the the book of Matthew, the story is located in chapter 14. Verses 10-14 (NLT) really shows the compassion of Jesus and gives the backdrop of the events of one of the greatest miracles:
“So John [also know as John the Baptist — The cousin of Jesus], was beheaded in the prison, and his head was brought on a tray and given to the girl, who took it to her mother. Later, John’s disciples came for his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus what had happened. As soon as Jesus heard the news, He left in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where He was headed and followed on foot from many towns. Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and He had compassion on them and healed their sick.”
Jesus was trying to get to a solitary place to mourn the death of John the Baptist but instead He spent the day healing the sick and preaching to the masses. Isn’t that amazing? Had Jesus not had so much compassion to lay aside His grief over the loss of His cousin, the miracle of the “Feeding of 5,000” men never would have happened!! Thank you, Jesus, for your compassion to sacrifice everything for us!
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