Luke 9. John 1:1-11; Isaiah 6:8 ; 9:6-7.
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying;
Whom shall I send, who will go for us?
Then said I, Here am I; send me.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it , and to establish it with judgement and with justice from henceforth even for ever . The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9:6-7.
This is God’s compassion in action, as expressed through Jesus Christ.
That quality of humaneness that identifies with the sufferings of others with a view to finding solution to them. Jesus was deeply aware of the pain and sorrow which sin and Satan had laid upon humankind, and which must of necessity be freed or extricated from.
The Compassionate Jesus was understandingly merciful and deeply sympathetic with the sufferings of man. He opted to answer the call to save mankind . He did it sacrificially. He profited nothing from it, except the recognition given Him in heaven for such uncommon and fitted accomplishment. A glory earned. To Him be all the praise . Amen
Yes, although many still find it hard to believe — because they are seeing it from human perspective, yet it is true that Jesus came into the world in order to save man from the curse of the law. He was a virgin birth through Mary by the power of the Holy Ghost.
Today, as many as believe this simple work of faith, to them has He given the power, the privilege and the authority to be called His children. This honor of sonship goes beyond color or culture or gender or nationality or status or class. The sonship of Jesus to humankind is blind to all these human divisions, some of which came as a result of the fallen man, human depravity in Genesis 3.
The Bible tells us that God asked: Who shall go for us?
That’s to say: Who will come from the heavens to the earth, and save humanity from sin and perversion and the soon coming destruction? if there is no mediator.
Acts 4:12. 1Timothy 2:5; Romans 5:8. Jesus volunteered out of compassion, as we read from Isaiah 6:8. He is indeed a compassionate God, the incarnate Deity, whose sacrifice became needful to deliver man from the woes of sin and Satan. Today we are free. John 1:1-12; 8:32.
The compassion of Jesus knows no limits. Jesus showed it in diverse ways. He didn’t sympathize with people to gain advantage over them. Or to gain their favour. No. He exhibited compassion because that is His nature; His character: to show understanding to the sufferings of others. And to do something about it. How about that!
This is quite different from what human beings do today, even those who stand in- between the porch and the altar. They sell handkerchiefs. They sell ” anointed’ oil. They sell water. They sell bands and girdles. They sell virtually everything with the claim of power to heal. They show no compassion for the poor or the sick, some of whom do not have capacity to buy those elements of healing. Jesus didn’t teach us that way.
In John 2:1-11, when Jesus was invited to the wedding in Cana of Galilee, it was out of compassion that He miraculously gave them wine from water. He would have considered the massive embarrassment the new couple could have faced, hence he sympathized with them and saved their shame. Given that this was Jesus’ first miracle, it is only reasonable and proper to submit that the foundation of His ministry was COMPASSION. This should be a great lesson for all of us who try to commoditize God’s Grace and Anointing upon our lives. They call it “Marketable Anointing and Grace’ Please, better watch it!
The pull of compassion is strong, and weighty to engender God’s grace and favor upon whoever exhibits it. This is the testimony of Scripture:
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. Acts 10:38.
When Jesus raised to life the widow’s daughter in, Luke 7:11-17; Healed the woman with issue of blood in Luke 7:46–50; Raised the ruler’s daughter to life in Matthew 9:23-26, as well as healed the man by the side of the pool of Bathesida in John 5 : 1-9; announced forgiveness for the woman caught in adultery in John 4 ; and fed the 5000 and 3000 multitudes on separate occasions, among so many such miracles; He was simply showing COMPASSION, His nature and His character.
As His followers, how much of compassion do you show? Paul tells the Corinthian brethren to follow him, even as he follows after Christ. Can that also be your TESTIMONY?
God bless. Happy Sunday.
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December 18, 2022.
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