The Compassion of Jesus

It’s been said that sometimes you can miss the trees for the forest. I think we can say that about people as well. Amidst the throng of people we can miss individuals. In our passage, Jesus looks at the crowd and sees their individual needs. They came to be healed from physical diseases and illnesses and He did heal them. But Jesus also saw beyond that to their spiritual needs. His compassion moved Him to do something about their needs. He took care of their immediate needs, but then later on when He went to the cross He took care of their spiritual and eternal need. That was why He came: to seek and save the lost. Jesus shows us how to see the crowds, how to feel for the crowds and then act on what He saw and felt. It’s a great lesson for us. Let’s learn to be compassionate as Jesus was.