I am so happy today to have listened to preaching about the compassionate heart of Jesus Christ for lost people. My Pastor spoke about what has been for a long time now my favourite text in scripture. I find in them some of the most beautiful, joyful, sorrowful, and heart wrenching words I have ever heard.
Matthew 9:36-38 “When he (Jesus) saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd. The he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’”
When Jesus saw the crowds, it is not as if he just looked out and observed that there were crowds of people. He is the Son of God, and he knows all flesh, even our thoughts. When he saw them, it is to say that he perceived their spiritual state- that they were dead, that they were blind, and that they were lost! He saw that they were walking around aimlessly; ready to follow whoever would make a claim to know something about God, something about truth. He knew all about the religious leaders who claimed to know the way to God, but were truly nothing more than hypocrites, and extortionist who saw ‘godliness’ as a means of financial and personal gain. He saw how they “tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger (Matthew 23:4)” and how they “shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces (Matthew 23:13). Oh how deeply the Lord was grieved at seeing their terrible state! Continue reading