There is one remarkable threat that was evident in the life of Christ during His journey on earth. During his earthly ministry, His compassion transcended social, cultural, gender, and religious barriers. He brought relief to the physical needs, deliverance from demonic bondage, and forgiveness of sin to all who would follow Him.
Much is said about the compassion in the today’s church and rightly so. Hurting people are all around us. Physical, financial, social and spiritual needs abound, whether we live in the city, the suburbs, or a rural area. However, there is some debate over how Christians should go about showing compassion just like Christ did while he was during His earthly ministry.
This post thus is aimed at calling all and sundry to cast their minds back as they reflect on the numerous examples that Jesus showed us by reminding us that He’s a loving and caring father who went by to rescue the needy that came by His way. It baffles me how Jesus gave such attention to a mere blind man whom others saw as a ordinary person.
46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.”
50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
Reflecting on the encounter that Jesus had with blind Bartimus, it has come to show that Christ Jesus went extra mile to demonstrate his compassion to humanity. Jesus heard the voice of the man over the other’s that tried to hush him down not to bother or worry Christ with his blindness.
Now imagine how many times things have stopped or distracted you from having compassion on one another. I remember hearing someone say that he would have wanted to help the person but that the person was inaccessible; at another occasion, the person’s excuse was that his hands were tight cause his wife would not want him to help so so and so person. Jesus would have given excuse that His disciples were standing as stumbling block from him having compassion on the blind man, but no Jesus over looked that. He never allowed anything or anyone one in-between his compassion strive for people.
In view of the above, it would really be a good thing if Christians had compassion for each other especially for souls that are lost to the world. This really could be a means for winning them back to Christ. As such, permit me to postulate that COMPASSION could be a key to expanding the kingdom.