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Scripture Reading: Matthew 9:35-38
Matthew 9:35-38: The Messiah's Compassion
1. God’s compassion through the Messiah, Micah 7:18-20.
2. Compassion: “to have pity, a feeling of distress through the ills of others...to be moved as to one’s inwards...to have mercy... to show kindness” (Vine, I:218).
a. “Denotes the inward feeling of compassion which abides in the heart” (Thayer, 203).
b. It moves and motivates a corresponding action, Heb. 4:15, “be touched with” (sympathy).
c. Put on a heart of compassion, Col. 3:12.
3. Matt. 9:35-38: Jesus is the model of compassion; our example.
I. COMPASSION SEEN IN HIS PREACHING, Matt. 9:35.
A. Preaching the Truth is an Expression of God’s Compassion for Mankind, Mk. 6:34.
1. Power and wisdom of God (means of salvation), 1 Co. 1:18-25.
a. Today, many think when the gospel is plainly preached we are not showing compassion for the sinner. (“Judging”)
b. Exactly the opposite should be seen!
2. Warnings against sin, 2 Tim. 4:1-5 (cf. Jesus, Mk. 1:14-15).
3. Become mature in Christ, Col. 1:24-29.
4. When we preach the gospel for these purposes we are showing the Master’s compassion on those who hear.
II. COMPASSION SEEN IN HIS MIRACLES, Matt. 9:35 (Acts 10:38).
A. Jesus was Deeply Touched by the Tragic Circumstances People Faced in Life.
1. “Why did Jesus perform miracles?”
a. “To prove He was the Messiah” (Jno. 5:36).
b. His miracles due to and prove His compassion for the afflicted.
2. Motive: Compassion of God; Effect: Drawing and confirming evidence of His Sonship (14:14; 15:32).
Called them, Matt. 20:32-33
Sight-Followed, Matt. 20:33-34
Stretched--touched, Mk. 1:40-41
Proclaimed much, Mk. 1:45
Do not weep, Luke 7:13
Fear, glorified God; report went out, Lk. 7:16-17
B. The Motive of Compassion Will Compel Us to Help Relieve Suffering.
1. Love neighbor as self, Lk. 10:33-34.
2. Expression of faith, Jas. 2:14-16.
3. The love of God imitated, 1 Jno. 3:17-18.
III. COMPASSION FOR THE LOST, Matt. 9:36-38.
A. Because of the Effects of Sin, 9:36.
1. Weary (“to dissolve; metaph. to weaken, exhaust…to despond, become faint-hearted”), Matt. 11:28; Gal. 6:1.
2. Scattered (“to throw with a sudden motion, to jerk…cast, hurl, to be cast down”; and so, without direction, guidance), Jno. 14:6; 8:12; 10:11.
B. Jesus was Aware of the Harvest, Matt. 9:37.
1. Souls ready to be harvested (saved), Jno. 4:35.
2. His will was the Father’s - that none perish, Matt. 18:12-14.
C. We Must Be Compassionate toward the Lost, Matt. 9:38.
1. Be prayerful laborers, 9:38.
a. On this particular occasion, Jesus did not say to pray for: Their salvation (Rom. 10:1); those who are preaching (2 Ths. 3:1); Responses (1 Tim. 2:1).
b. He said pray for workers! Without workers all else is futile!
2. Give light through the gospel, Acts 26:18.
3. Assist, showing kindness, Jude 22.
4. Be forgiving as God is, Matt. 18:27, 33, 35.
5. Have we never sinned? Never needed compassion? Never experienced God’s mercy? cf. Matt. 9:11-13
1. God’s compassion has made our spiritual healing possible, Micah 7:18-19; Titus 3:4-5.
2. Jesus is the embodiment of God’s compassion toward us; His preaching, his acts of mercy, his labor to save sinners.
3. Jesus calls on us to have the kind of compassion toward all men.