Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9:35-38)
The Compassion Of Jesus
Jesus was doing everything He could to help the multitudes that came to Him. He taught them the words of His Father and proclaimed the good news of the kingdom. The people needed to hear a message of hope in a world given over to religious bureaucracy, hypocrisy and tradition. His teaching astonished the people. Multitudes flocked to His healing power finding the man from Nazareth could heal every disease and sickness. Each person received personal attention from Jesus. The lame were made to walk again and the eyes of the blind were opened. Maladies of the body were taken away by the healing power of Jesus. Lepers had the curse of death removed. No one left without a miracle. At the center of the crowd was a single man teaching, preaching, healing, touching, exhorting and seeing into the desperate eyes of the people as He shared the Father’s grace. And they kept coming. He saw their anxious spirits of pain and agony and the joys they shared when He took their burdens away. It was a time of sadness as the Son of God looked upon His creation and saw how the people struggled to find themselves and wearied in their souls seeking peace. He could take away their physical pain but it was the deeper spiritual void that overwhelmed the Lord. The greatest need of the people was finding a cure for the disease of sin.
The multitudes came to Jesus and found temporary relief from their ailments. Jesus knew His mission was to bring eternal relief to the weary souls of men and this remedy would cost Him His life. As the multitudes circled around Him with the noise of their excitement of healing, He so wanted to impress upon them the most important need of the hour. A blind man could receive his sight but what about a heart darkened with sin? The lame would experience the joy of walking and rejoice but the greatest need was for men to walk in the ways of the Lord. Jesus could see in the faces of the people their desperate need for spiritual healing. Many would not recognize the disease of sin seek only the temporary healing of the body. What the Son of God saw was the bigger picture, the mission of His life, the purpose of His coming; the shadow of the cross. Sin was the need of the hour. Jesus would die to take way the disease.
Having compassion on the people is a striking image of the Son of God. His life was an incredible whirlwind of nonstop activity as He taught the people, healed their diseases and made His way to a place called Golgotha. It would take about three years for Jesus to complete the work of His Father and His goal was to take away the sting of death and the penalty of sin. The multitudes He healed today would call for His death tomorrow. Jesus looked into the eyes of the pitiful people that begged for His touch of healing and saw the darkness of sin that entrapped the souls of men to an eternal darkness. His heart burst with love for these weary and scattered sheep that had no shepherd. There was so much work to do. So many souls. So little time.
There is a great need to see men through the eyes of Jesus. Those weary and scattered sheep of Jesus day still walk among us. Men seek for answers to life in the fractured healing message of pride, pleasure and self-seeking indulgences. They find no joy, peace or comfort. Only in the words of salvation given by Jesus Christ will the eternal promise of healing be given to men. A heart of compassion is needed to see men for what they really are. Apart from God people are like sheep without a shepherd. The sheep have no defense mechanism to save them, they have no knowledge of how to care for themselves and without guidance will wander away to be lost or destroyed. All men are sheep who cannot save themselves. Only from the tender hand of the great Shepherd Jesus Christ will salvation be found. His compassion is found at the cross. There is much work to be done to let men see the healing power of the cross. It begins with a heart of compassion for your friend, neighbor, coworker and family member to let them see how the Lord can give them life. Compassion. A heart of compassion. Look through the eyes of Jesus and have compassion on the multitudes.