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Christian Concern and Compassion
Man is a sinner by birth (Rom. 3:23). If he remains a sinner, he cannot see God (John 3:1–8). The Bible says all who call upon the Lord will be saved (Rom. 10:13). However, man cannot be saved if: (1) He does not know how to call. (2) He does not know where to call. (3) He does not know why to call. (4) He does not know when to call.
I. THE CONFUSED CROWD
“But when he saw the multitudes.” There were all types of people in the crowd that followed Christ.
A. Sick people. All types of people were healed by Christ (Matt. 8:16). Christ not only came to save man, but to heal man spiritually, physically, and mentally.
B. Sinful people (Rom. 3:23). All men are sinners. This is why our Lord came (Matt. 9:13). He didn’t come to condemn but to convert; not to rebuke but to redeem.
C. Sorrowful people (John 8:3–11). Jesus forgives the woman guilty of adultery. God forgives all sin (I John 1:7).
D. Suffering people (Matt. 8:1–4). A leper is healed by Christ. Christ took time for all people.
E. Sad people (Luke 19:1–8). Zacchaeus was hated by many, yet Christ took time to see him.
II. THE COMPASSIONATE CHRIST
“He was moved with compassion on them.”
A. Divine compassion (John 3:16). God was willing to give His only Son for the sins of mankind.
B. Dedicated compassion (John 10:18). Christ had power to give or to withhold His life.
C. Desirous compassion (II Peter 3:9). It is not the Lord’s will that any perish, but that all be saved (Rom. 5:8).
D. Determined compassion (Matt. 26:39). Christ prayed, “Not my will but thine be done.” Though it meant suffering, He was willing to pay the full price for our salvation.
III. THE CONCERNED CHRIST
“Because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.”
A. Helpless — “fainted.” No spiritual help. Many cry out with David in Psalm 142:4. The ethiopian eunuch said to Philip, “How can I understand unless someone guide me?” (Acts 8:31).
B. Homeless — “scattered.” No spiritual hope. The Philippian jailer did not know the plan of salvation (Acts 16:30, 31).
C. Hopeless — “no shepherd.” No shepherd to help. Paul says, “How shall they hear without a preacher?” (Rom. 10:14).
How deep is your love for God? Note the fourfold question in Romans 10:14, 15.
1. How shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed?
2. How shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?
3. How shall they hear without a preacher?
4. How shall they preach except they be sent?
Do you have this compassion? Compassion is more than feeling sorry! Compassion is loving someone enough to help!
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