THE COMPASSION OF JESUS
(An Expounded Sermon Outline
By Pastor Diana Gray
Copyright © 2,000 All Rights Reserved
what is it and what does it mean in your life? Have you felt someone
was being compassionate towards you lately? Do you feel compassionate
towards others more than you want them to feel compassionate towards you?
Why do you feel the way you do? Finally did your childhood have anything
to do with your feelings of compassion now towards others?
Matthew 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved
with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad,
as sheep having no shepherd.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father
we love you and lift your name up on high. Help us to grow in Your
wisdom and truth as we study your Word. Help us to fully learn what
Godly compassion is and how we can use it in our lives towards others seeing
them through the eyes of Jesus. Thank you Lord and in Jesus’ name
THE DEFINITION OF COMPASSION: Compassion
means having a since of deep sympathy and the heartfelt feelings of sorrow
for someone hurting physically, mentally or emotionally. An unselfish
need to reach out to help relieve the unfortunate misery of a person in
need. The feeling of regret and pity showing a kind loving attitude.
I. JESUS HAD PERFECT RIGHTEOUS COMPASSION
Matthew 20:34 So Jesus had compassion
on them, and touched their eyes: and
immediately their eyes received sight,
and they followed him.
Jesus was perfect in every way possible and free of carnal sin. (The
sin we are born with
back to Adam and Eve when they sinned mankind's first sin.) His life
with jealousy or immorality as our lives are. Christ was righteously
pure and full
positive faith because He was doing the perfect will of the Father who
sent Him to
Jesus Being perfect, had pure unselfish motives when He felt compassion
the people of the world, Jesus Christ cared more for our lives than He
own. (This precious life was laid down for our sins at the cross of Calgary)
II. JESUS COMPASSIONATELY UNDERSTOOD
Matthew 14:14 And Jesus went
forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with
compassion toward them, and he healed
Jesus was motivated to win souls, why? Compassion!
6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the
will of him that
6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which
seeth the Son,
believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at
the last day
He wanted to share the Father’s love, why? Compassion!
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye
if ye do whatsoever I command you.
We have to be willing to lay down our lives for others. Not one person
should be left on
that doesn't have the chance to have the decision to know Jesus Christ
Nothing in our lives should be more important than that quest.
We are in a
war for people's souls and we must not let up one minute or back down.
time to time
we may have to withdraw our forces to recoup and heal up our battle wounds
but as soon as we are able to fight, we have to get right back into doing
duty. Even from a hospital bed people have been led to Jesus, and
up your mouth
so can you!
If we love our fellow mankind then no matter how badly we get hurt and
give up the fight. Satan will throw everything that he can at us
but we must not
If one door is closed then we strive to walk through another door.
We must not
that every door closed was Satan's doing but realize that the hand of God
with us leading
the way. We just have to trust Him to be doing the right thing even
He is not. We have to trust and walk by spiritual eye sight and not
III. JESUS SHOWED COMPASSION WITH
When He saw His people:
1. Scattered abroad without a shepherd. Math 9:36 But when
he saw the multitudes,
he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered
abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
2. Suffering from sin that Satan brought into the world.
ILLUSTRATION ABOUT ADAM AND EVE: READ GEN. 3
Now this is Satan's plan:
1) He tempts us to doubt and question God's Word.
2) The devil strives to get us to look at the problem rather
3) By making us think that wrong things look easier then what we
should do in the
4) Satan effects our emotions by making us feel like a failure.
5) The devil gets us to delay in doing what we know to be right
so the job
never gets done. He makes us afraid with fear!
6) What is the job at hand for believers? Winning souls for
Jesus felt compassion when He saw people who were suffering:
Matt 9:35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching
synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every
and every disease among the people.
Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead,
cast out devils:
freely ye have received, freely give.
Matthew 11:5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk,
the lepers are
cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have
preached to them.
1. Demon possessed are freed of demons.
Mark 5:2-19 ……..a man with an unclean spirit,……legeion……..entered
swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea,
(they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.
2. Lepers are healed
3. Raised the dead Lk 7:11-15
4. The blind see Mk 1:40-4
5. The lame walk Matt 11:5
C Jesus felt compassion
at the risk of His very life.
Hebrews 12:2-4 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our
faith; who for the
joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and
is set down at
the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured
of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Ye have not yet
resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
This is why we don’t ever give up the fight to win souls. Even though
we may at
time get wearied in our minds yet we know that we have not resisted unto
death to win
souls for the Lord. We should have and use Godly compassion!
IV. JESUS TAUGHT BY EXAMPLE HOW TO
Matthew 9:36-37 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved
with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad,
as sheep having no shepherd.
Jesus taught people to follow Him and teach others how
Mark 6:34 …and he began to teach them many things.
Jesus taught believers to pray for workers and labors
Matt. 9:38 Pray ye therefore the
Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
The Lord taught us compassion by giving all He had.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life
V. JESUS WANTS US TO DEVELOP COMPASSION
By constantly dwelling upon His Word filled with spiritual teachings.
1. Read, study and study some more.
2. Act and live out our lives by the teachings letting them become
a part of us.
Spending time among Godly people
1. Going to church and attending regularly.
2. Having dinner with believers and getting to know their personal
3. Ministering to their needs and watching their Godly examples.
spending time looking and seeking out the lost and lonely.
1. Getting to know them by inviting them out to lunch and spending
time with them.
2. By visiting the nursing homes, hospitals and even grocery stores
as well as jobs.
Clubs and classes are excellent places to look.
3. Become aware of anyone that is isolated and lonely like the sick,
disabled or senior
citizens not yet in nursing homes.
4. Get to know your neighbor by showing up with a tray of cookies
and invite them over
for coffee. Take advantage of Christmas time goodies.
CONCLUSION: Where are all of
the souls that should be saved today after 2,000 years of Bible training?
Are people any different today in the desire to reach the lost then they
were in Jesus’ time? What keeps us from reaching out with compassion
to win souls for the Kingdom of God? Lack of real courage and compassion!
Does the desire to win souls permeate your
whole being and when we see people that we strongly sense that are lost,
do we reach out to minister to their needs? How can we say that we
care about the lost when we make no real effort to even try to reach them?
How many people truly try to even talk to their neighbors and who are our
neighbors if not all of mankind?
If we become too engrossed with our own
problems and comforts we will never be about to reach out to the lost.
Set aside TV and computers for a time and go out of your way to reach the
lost. Jesus set the example by going out to the multitudes didn’t
he? Can we believers do anything less with our lives?
Should we let comfort keep us from striving to reach out to the unsaved?
We can all pray for the lost and that the
Lord will send laborers into the field. If we have trouble teaching
people can’t we at least invite people to come to church to be taught?
Be an encourager of those who are going out in the field because they will
be under demonic attack. They will need to be spiritually covered with
all of our prayers. Let compassion to save the lost motivate you
Some of the people were filled with ingratitude
and self-centeredness, yet Jesus reveal His compassionate heart when He
showed His merciful heart by feeding and healing them.
Jesus felt a burning desire to save them
spiritually but he knew their immediate needs had to be met first in order
to reach their hearts. The eternal needs could then be met after
their physical needs were satisfied. Feeding their bodies made the
people look with love and become more receptive to receiving the message.
In other wards they had to trust the messenger first before they could
trust the message. The Lord was tired and yet He placed His own needs
and comforts aside to minister to other’s needs. Can we do any differently?
When we go through trials and troubles
the Lord teaches how to handle problems so that we then have the
knowledge and sympathetic compassion to help others. As we see their
problems we remember how we felt and how we were able to make it through.
This then opens the door to winning souls for the Kingdom of God because
the Lord can use our painful paste to minister healing into the lives of
other people. We become the laborers of the Lord harvesting souls
for the Kingdom of
If we are failing to see people as God
does it is because we haven’t yet learned to develop Godly compassion.
Jesus had compassion for those weak in faith and yet He still reached out
to save them. He fed the five thousand by taking care of their physical
needs first and then their spiritual needs. Find a way to help others
first and then you will reach their hearts.
I challenge your attitudes
and actions to become motivated to minister with compassion into the lives
of people and show them their need to have a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Start viewing people from a biblical perspective and come to understand
the mind of God when it comes to winning souls for His Kingdom.
PRAYER: Thanking the Lord for
His spiritual wisdom and guidance as He ministered to our lives His righteous
truths. Asking the Lord to teach us His compassion. Giving
us the desire anew to win souls for His Kingdom. In Jesus’ name Amen.
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