Matthew 9.36-38 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. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
Jesus’ compassion is a regular theme in Matthew. And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick (Matt 14.14). Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way (Matt 15.32).
Jesus is still a Savior that is moved with compassion. As our Creator, Jesus knows our weaknesses. He knows our frustrations and bouts with depression and discouragement. He knows that the root cause of every ill that we face is either directly or indirectly linked to the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden.
Though Jesus is not a “Soft” Savior. By that I mean that He has no room for those that make excuses for their sin or carnal reasons for not following Him. He knows those whose hearts are tender towards Him. He knows those who grieve over their sin and are truly seeking to follow Him. Yes, He draws the line in the sand when He discerns the impure or selfish motives why people cry out to Him. But God those who are poor in spirit, and reeling under the weight of sin’s debt and sin’s burden, He is compassionate.
The Psalmist said, But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
Dearly beloved, you might be feeling like you are behind life’s 8-ball this morning. Know this. Jesus is near. He is a merciful and faithful High Priest. He is a compassionate Shepherd and Savior. As you talk to Him, He will walk with you through your day. Do not allow your feelings overshadow the reality of Christ’s presence and compassion.