And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things. Mark 6:34
I am sure that you, like me, were heartbroken and have been feeling deep compassion for the families and friends whose loved ones were killed in the recent terrorist attack in Orlando. I was also in pain for the couple from Nebraska whose Two year old son was snatched and drowned by an alligator at the water’s edge of a Walt Disney world property. It was a painful week for the people of Orlando and we should keep praying for those families and friends.
Jesus was at various times ‘moved with compassion, such as when He saw the sick and healed them, or when He saw that the thousands following Him were hungry, and of course, today’s verse, when He saw that the people were like sheep without a shepherd. I believe God wires us to be like Jesus and care or have that type of compassion for others. That is His character and we are made in His image. It certainly should be evident in us who are born again, but we also see it displayed in many people who may not yet be saved. Obviously some people, like the Orlando terrorist, rebel against that type of care or concern, but many people show compassion, especially when there is a tragedy like this one. This was evident with the care and concern shown by people and businesses in the aftermath of the Orlando attack. There were long lines to give blood, free chick fil a sandwiches and drinks from a chick fil a store on a Sunday(when they are normally closed), many prayer vigils and candlelight services, Gofund me pages that raised a ton of money in a short amount of time. People came out to support, to help and to show their compassion for those they didn’t event know.
I think we need to walk around life with a readiness to be compassionate. Life is short and these tragedies reminded us that we are not guaranteed how many days we have left on this earth. We should have a compassion for people not only when tragedies occur, but also for their eternal destiny. We can get so caught up in life’s busyness that we forget that the people we sit next to, work with, or live next door to may not know Jesus and the promises of the good news. I Pray that we can be ready to share the ultimate message of compassion that Jesus displayed for all of us on the cross. His sacrifice was a compassion for all that we can share with others.