By Sarah Battle
The compassion displayed by Jesus during the days of his ministry was evidence of his love and care not only for the individuals of his day but his love for us today. The compassion demonstrated by Christ was not a new revelation to me in my readings but a reminder of God’s immeasurable love for you and me.
The verse, “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases” is proof He loves us. Jesus healed the sick, reached out towards the dying, struck out the impure spirits, and understood the hurts of those seeking help for the restoration of their loved ones. By the touch of His hand or by the command of His Word Jesus showed mercy to the weak.
The Lord’s compassion was demonstrated when he spoke to the crowds in parables. He wanted his followers to understand his mission. He spoke in parables to reach the hearts and minds of those searching and needing answers. Time and time again Jesus would give an illustration of a person or an object in order for the crowds to relate to his message. Reflect on the last time you spent time with someone you loved giving them examples of experiences in order to keep them from destruction.
Jesus’ care and compassion for his disciples was another demonstration of his love. He gave them warnings, advice, and left them with the Holy Spirit. He advised them not to be afraid. He explained to them that they were worth more than many sparrows. Take heart my son, my daughter; he gives the same message to you.
Your Father is waiting for you to approach Him with your needs big and small. Remember the next time you ask Christ for something he longs for your heart first. He longs to show you his compassion, to heal you from your infirmities and give you advice. Jesus said, “It is not the healthy that need a doctor, but the sick.
Next time you hear or sing the old hymn…
He touched Me, O he touched me,
and O the joy that floods my soul
something happened and now I know
He touched me and made me whole.
Perhaps you will have a deeper understanding of His love for you.
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