But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.
Matthew 9:36 (NKJV)
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Matthew 9:36 (NIV)-36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Matthew 9:36 (TLB)-36 And what pity he felt for the crowds that came, because their problems were so great and they didn’t know what to do or where to go for help. They were like sheep without a shepherd.
Matthew 9:36 (NLT)-36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
This morning it is important that we do not lose sight of our work as believers; our task must be very focused on making disciples, this is the priority! This is what our heart must always be beating too. We cannot get so busy with so many things in ministry that we forget that our priority is to disciple, those people who are in need. Matthew 9:35 tells us that “Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people”
We see that the first thing Jesus did was to see the need around him, and what a great need existed! There were multitudes of people lost, confused, and helpless in need of spiritual care and attention. Jesus came to see the need that the multitudes had and he had compassion for them. He saw beyond the great work and labor that he had, and he saw them with compassion, like sheep without a shepherd! Compassion moves us to disciple and invest in the lives of people in need; a deep and genuine compassion that springs up in the depths of our being, and leads us to leave the comfort and indifference to fulfill the great commission of discipleship.
Today we cannot respond to the call to make disciples only as an obligation, it must come out of a deep compassion for the lost! This compassion will come when we open our eyes and see the great need that surrounds us; this need will move us to help others in their spiritual walk. We must be careful not to lose sight of the great commission of making disciples. Jesus leaves us with this great example of compassion, commitment and love. In John 10:11 he tells us, “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lives his life for the sheep. ” This morning it will be necessary to leave our state of spiritual blindness to be able to SEE the need that surrounds us. Only this way can a genuine compassion be born, that will lead us to disciple others!
Matthew 14:14New King James Version (NKJV) 14 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.
Matthew 15:32 (NKJV)-32 Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”
Matthew 20:34 (NKJV)-34 So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.
Mark 1:41 (NKJV)-41 Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”
Mark 9:22 (NKJV)-22 And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”
John 10:11 (NKJV)-11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.
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