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To show mercy “Compassion”

 

          While His compassion took in the whole gamut of human affliction, His primary concern was spiritual. His society was permeated with religion, but the religion established by God for the blessing of His people has degenerated into a legalistic straight-jacket. So He denounced, with fiercest vehemence, the Pharisaic traditionalism that took away the “key to knowledge” Luke 11:52Luke 11:52
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

52 »¡Ay de vosotros, intérpretes de la Ley!, porque habéis quitado la llave de la ciencia; vosotros mismos no entrasteis, y a los que entraban se lo impedisteis.j

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. But the deepest cause of His grief was not the travail His own people would suffer in this world. He was shaken to the center of His being by His vision of their fate in eternity, exiled from the light, the love, and the life of God in darkness and despair forever. Again and again He had entreated the crowds around Him to flee from the wrath to come. He has spoken with a heart melting eloquence, using the most vivid imagery to jolt the complacent, the indifferent, and the unrepentant out of their apathy.

 

        Such a terrifying prospect harrowed Jesus emotionally, filling His compassionate heart with grief. Even though Jesus ate and drank with sinners, and even though He shared in the happiness of wedding feasts, He never lost sight of His mission. He had entered our world as the embodiment of mercy, willing to die in order that lost sinners might not perish but have everlasting life.

 

moved by compassion

 

        Perish!  – that word expresses the hopelessness and horror, the despair from which He had come to save sinners. In His compassion He stooped from glory to Golgotha. Motivated by infinite compassion He had taken on our flesh and blood, exchanging heaven’s throne to be impaled on Calvary. He had humbled Himself, abandoning heaven’s highest height and descending to earth’s lowest depths, dying by crucifixion in agony and ignominy on a Roman cross, the death reserved for the worst of criminals. Why had He done this? He said very simply that it was to save the lost, Luke 19:10Luke 19:10
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

10 porque el Hijo del hombre vino a buscar y a salvar lo que se había perdido.e

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        The spiritual plight of lost and perishing souls is what stirred Jesus compassionate heart to its deepest depths. During His years here on earth, our Lord went about doing good, Act 10:38Act 10:38
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

38 cómo Dios ungió con el Espíritu Santo y con poder a Jesús de Nazaret, y cómo este anduvo haciendo bienes y sanando a todos los oprimidos por el diablo, porque Dios estaba con él.

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. He encountered a need in individuals and multitudes, His emotional reaction of intense concern motivated immediate action. He fed, healed, taught, cast out daemons, and raised the dead. In all He did and said, He set a example for His disciples to follow through the ages, 1 Peter 2:211 Peter 2:21
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

21 Para esto fuisteis llamados, porque también Cristo padeció por nosotros,y dejándonos ejemplo para que sigáis sus pisadas.z

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. They, like Jesus, were to be agents of compassion communicating by word and deed the massage of God’s redemptive grace. They were to serve as conduits for the outflow of Spirit-empowered helpfulness.

 

        If we have named Jesus as our Redeemer and Master, we are challenged to follow Jesus footsteps, who was compassion incarnate. As recipients of saving grace, we have the privilege of letting the costly love of Calvary flow through our lives and out into the needy world. Only as we do so can some of humanity’s need be met. Jesus models and motivated more than a little kindness. He models and motivates sacrificial compassion. How, though, can we become conduits of His compassionate kindness? By grace we not only share the experience of God’s compassion. By His enabling grace we can become the conduits of that compassion, following in Christ’s footsteps. But if we indeed are copying Christ, as Paul urged in 1 Corinthians 11:11 Corinthians 11:1
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

11 1 Sed imitadores míos,a así como yo lo soy de Cristo.

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, our compassion will not be limited to bodily needs. It will have soul needs as its supreme priority.

 

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