Tuesday, September 04, 2007

The comPassion of Jesus

In reading the gospels it is clear that Jesus had a mission – to be the savior of the world; the perfect sacrifice for our sins. The ministry of Jesus was primarily one of preaching the good news, the Kingdom of God, and repentance. However, much of the gospels are filled with examples of Christ’s acts of compassion.

Jesus had compassion. His ministry was to teach the 5,000. However, he had compassion on their physical need to eat and so he fed them. His ministry was to preach repentance, yet he healed the sick and raised the dead. His ministry was to share the good news, yet he freed people from demons. He was sent to the Jews, yet he also delivered the Gentiles. His primary concern was the spiritual health of the people, yet he also ministered to their physical needs as well.

We are commissioned by Jesus himself to go and make disciples, teaching them to obey all he has commanded. However, if you want to be like Jesus, then you had better be displaying real compassion and meeting both the spiritual and physical needs of people.

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