Jesus is compassionate

by Lloyd Cherry

And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. Matthew 9:36

The verse right before this says…. Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in the synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.  

Matthew writes that Jesus was "moved to compassion" in his account of the two blind men who begged Jesus for mercy on the roadside.  He had compassion on them and proceeded to heal their sight upon their request.   Matthew 20:29-34

Mark records that Jesus was "filled with compassion" upon hearing the pleas of the leper begging to be healed.  “I am willing,”  Jesus said. "Be clean!   Jesus, in his compassion, responded and healed the man.  Mark 1:40-41

Luke tells of the incident where Jesus came across the funeral possession outside the town gate of Nain.  The widow had just lost her only son, and Jesus’ heart went out to her.”  He then proceeded to touch the coffin and raise back to life her dead son.  Luke 7:11-17

John says "Jesus wept" at the news from Mary, as she was weeping along with those around her over Lazurus’ death.  Subsequently, Jesus would raise Lazurus from the dead.  John 11:34-35.

Compassionate:  Having the disposition of pity; full of compassion; inclined to show mercy or pity, sympathetic.   (Webster's New Twentieth Century Dictionary)   A suffering with another; painful sympathy; a sensation of sorrow excited by the distress or misfortunes of another; pity; commiseration. Compassion is a mixed passion, compounded by love and sorrow; at least some portion of love, generally the pain or regret, or is excited by it.  (Noah Webster)

The "Father of compassion and the God of all comfort" (2 Corinthians 1:3) has perfect and endless love beyond our ability for understanding.  Fortunately for you and me, He loves us with this great capacity.  Fortunately for us, Jesus walked this earth as a man and was tempted in every way… yet was without sin.  And fortunately for us, he rewards those who diligently seek him.  We all are in great need of mercy and compassion.  Jesus knows and understands the struggles we go through.   With great compassion he healed the lame, mute, blind, and crippled (Mark 15:22-32).  With great compassion he raised the dead.  Would you and I be like the Canaanite woman, who asked  (Matthew 15:21-28) for mercy and compassion in her time of need? Would you and I heed Paul’s admonishment (Colossians 3:12) to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience in our relationship with one another?

The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. Psalm 145:8-9