Yesterday we noticed the leper's abandon, his desperation in his approach to Jesus. Today we turn to Jesus and get a look at His emotional state.
Have you considered that Jesus had emotions, or do you think that Jesus was more of a Vulcan like Mr. Spock? (of Star Trek fame) Sometimes we blame our bad choices, the things we do in the heat of the moment, on our emotions. And yet Jesus:
- Was angry or indignant toward the disciples in Mark 10:41
- Was loving toward an unrepentant sinner in Mark 10:21
- Wept over Jerusalem in Luke 19:41
- Wept at the tomb of Lazarus in John 11:35
- Is called a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief in Isaiah 53:3
- Is anointed with gladness above His fellows in Hebrews 1:9
And today we see Him moved with compassion.
The fact is that He is described nine times in the gospels as either having or being moved by compassion. Far more than any other emotion, Jesus was moved with compassion.
And moved with compassion, He stretched out His hand, and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” ~ Mark 1:41
This phrase “moved with compassion” actually comes from the idea of being moved in the bowels or moved in the inward parts. It is the kind of emotion that you can actually feel.
I am sure you know these emotions, the ones that wreck your appetite, the ones that keep you up at night. For you and me it may be stress or anger or frustration. But the emotion that kept Jesus up at night was compassion.
This compassion that Jesus has for the hurting is best demonstrated as He attempts to drag His own cross through Jerusalem, as He takes lash after lash, as He bears the scorn and shame of the jeering crowd and mocking guards, as He taste the vinegar, as He tastes the wrath of God.
Hallelujah, what a Savior!
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