The Compassion of the Christ – Notes/Study Sheet
* Jesus was forceful. He demanded family come after Him, and that we bear our cross & follow Him (Mt. 10:34-39).
* How do we explain His popularity?
* Evidence supporting His claim overwhelming.
1. Christ is our sympathetic High Priest.
* He cares – is touched by our infirmities (Heb. 4:15).
* Touched – sympatheo (sympathy) – “to feel with.”
* Jesus understands (Rom. 7:14; I Cor. 9:27).
2. Jesus is our example.
* Mark 5:1&following – Jesus purged a man’s demons from him.
* Jesus showed him great mercy.
* Mark 3 – Man with withered hand. Would Jesus heal on the Sabbath? Christ knew their thoughts (Lk. 6:8) & the
effect of sin on them angered Him (Mk. 3:5).
* Jesus heartsick over these hardhearted men, hence the reason He healed the sick – to try & soften them!
* Christ was moved with compassion.
- Mark 1:41 –
- Purpose of miracles was to? –
* Christ showed compassion to people.
- Mark 6:34, Luke 9:11 –
- City of Nain (Luke 7:11) –
3. Jesus teaches us compassion.
* Jews hated Samaritans (John 4:9).
* Parable of Good Samaritan (Luke 10).
* Prodigal Son (Luke 15).
* The Lord extends His loving forgiveness when we repent of our sins (Mt. 18:27).
4. Does Jesus care?
* He cares when we lose loved ones.
* He cares when we’re suffering disease or pain.
* When we’re buried in sin, He cares.
* The goodness of God should bring us to repentance (Rom. 2:4).
* Jesus loved us first, therefore, we should love Him and others (I Jn. 4:19).
5. The ultimate act of compassion? Jesus sacrifice.
* Every spring, many in society celebrate “Easter.”
* Christians have no authority to celebrate Easter. Bible offers no command, example, or necessary inference for such.
* We celebrate the resurrection of Christ every Sunday (Jn. 20:1ff, Acts 20:7, I Cor. 16:2).
* Resurrection of Christ is foundation of Christianity (I Cor. 15:14ff).
* Five important points about the resurrection:
- 1 major evidence that Jesus is the Son of God (Rom. 1:4).
- Represents assurance that we can have forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16; I Cor. 15:17).
- Proclaims that the world is governed by a living Sovereign (Rev. 1:17-18).
- Physical death not termination of life (I Tim. 6:13). Jesus firstfruits of them that are asleep (I Cor. 15:20, 23). Crown
of life promised to those faithful till death (Rev. 2:10).
- It previews victory of Christianity over its enemies (Rev. 5:5,6; Rev. 12:11).
If you’re not a Christian, then you must hear the word preached (Rom. 10:17), believe it (Heb. 11:6), repent of your sins (Acts 17:30), confess faith in Christ (Acts 8:36-37), and be baptized (Rom. 6:3-4; Jn. 3;5; I Peter 3:20-21; Acts 2:38). Do it today while you still have time! (Jas. 4:14).
R.W. McAlister 4/12/09 a.m.