MARK 1:41


 Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man.  “I am willing,” he said.  “Be clean!”


I spoke to a young man one day, who had a popular philosophy about God.  He believed that after man went astray, in the Garden of Eden, God declared... "You made your bed, now lie in it."  God then has become a passive observer, patiently watching the world twirl away towards its own deserved destruction.


A careful study of the scriptures, however, reminds us constantly that God is a God of compassion, intimately involved in the lives of those who are called by his name.


Consider these words from the 81st Psalm:


He says, "I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket.  In your distress you called and I rescued you, I answered you out of a thundercloud; I tested you at the waters of Meribah."


God's compassion over our lives is unmistakable.  Nowhere was his compassion more beautifully displayed than through his Son, Jesus Christ - His exact representation on Earth.  Think about what aspect of our lives, God’s care for us, is revealed, through Jesus, in each of the following passages.


"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd."  Matthew 9:36


Jesus cares about our ___________


"When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick."  Matthew 14:14


Jesus cares about our ___________


"Jesus called his disciples to him and said, 'I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat.  I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way."  Matthew 15:32


Jesus cares about our ___________


"Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes.  Immediately they received their sight and followed him."  Matthew 20:34


Jesus cares about our ___________


Jesus' presence on Earth was the ultimate act of compassion from a God unable to bear the sin produced separation between His creation and Himself.  Sometimes it seems like God is a far off God who is unconcerned with our pitiful lives, but remember Jesus the compassionate!


God cares about your life... He says... you made your bed... now let me remake it into something beautiful so you can lie down in peace with hope.