Jesus Cares About People: Compassion

Many people today have a heavy heart full of sorrow, depression, burdens, and deep-rooted hurts that no one but the Lord knows about. With a heavy heart comes an emptiness that only Jesus can fill. In this lesson I want to tell you that Jesus cares about people.

Matthew 9:36-37But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few” (KJV). The word “compassion” means “intense feelings of divine love, the stirring up of the love of God.” Notice that the people were fainting. They were tired and giving up because they couldn’t overcome their trials and burdens. The people were scattered, or cast down in spirit and put down as nobodies. They had no shepherd, no one to feed or care for them or to give leadership. Jesus cares… He cares about you right now.

Matthew 20:30-34… “And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David. And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David. And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you? They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him” (KJV). Many people were pressing in to be healed by Jesus. The people rebuked these two blind men; they were treated as second-class citizens. But they cried out all the more, and Jesus had compassion. Deep intense feelings of love rose up within Him. He touched their eyes and they were healed. Jesus cares for you as well. Perhaps you feel that you are treated as second class, a nobody… but Jesus cares about you right now.

Matthew 14:14-21“And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them hither to me. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children” (KJV). Jesus was touched with compassion when He saw multitudes hungry and sick. People have great needs. He heals the sick and feeds them. He cares for you right now. Believe Him.

Luke 7:11-16… “And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people” (KJV). Jesus cares about people, yes, even about “incurable” situations. There is a lot of sorrow attached to the care of “incurable” people. Jesus made the incurable alive again. He cares about your sorrows. Yes, even today, when your burdens are heavy.

God wants us to have divine love within our hearts and a compassion towards people. 1 John 3:17-18 teaches that when we shut off compassion towards people in need, God’s love does not abide in us. Paul talks about divine love constraining him in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15. The word “constraineth” means “has taken hold of me,” or in other words, “the love of Christ has hung on to my spirit.” Now that’s divine love. This is the kind of love we need in today’s society. Jesus said, “Feed my sheep” (John 21:15-17); that is, nourish them, strengthen them, and lift them up. Jeremiah 2 and Joel 2 tell of hard times when people’s hearts were not turned towards God. People were not pursing righteousness as they should. The New Testament tells us of the grace of God. Grace means “divine favor”; it also refers to the operational power of God that works within us. You have within you the ability to help others. God wants to pour out His blessings, not His judgments. The Laodicean church in Revelation 3 boasted of prosperity, that they had need of nothing, but God said that they were miserable (bound), poor (being devoured by the devil), wretched (carrying dead weights), blind (not having any vision), naked (without covering, wide open to shame). Jesus was calling them out to be real witnesses. He wanted to show them genuine prosperity which ministers with compassion towards others, and to increase their faith. He wants His righteousness displayed through you. He wants to give you a vision for the lost.

Yes, Jesus cares for you. Divine love is ready always to be manifest toward the needy. Come and hear Him. Come and know Him. Come and love Him. Come and turn your life around. Come and worship Him. Let divine compassion fill you heart this very day. Jesus wants to take care of His people and others through you. He wants to lift your heaviness and fill your heart with joy and gladness. If you have a problem, don’t try to manage it by yourself. Don’t turn off Jesus. Jesus cares about you… Yes, He does.

Pastor George Belobaba

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