A Compassionate Jesus

6th July

When the Lord saw her, His heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” He said.”

Luke 7:13

Her tears blurred her vision. While we do not know if she saw Jesus, she did not reach out to Him: her son was dead and needed life. She knew Jesus was a healer but what could He do for her? In the midst of her grief, Jesus saw her and He had compassion. Instead of skipping to the happy end of this story, let’s stop here: Jesus had compassion. It is interesting to note that even in the midst of our sorrow, struggles and grief, Jesus is there, even if we don’t cry out to Him, He sees our tears and hears our cries, just like he did with this widowed woman.

Compassion, is a simple phrase that is found throughout each of the four Gospels. It was an integral part of Jesus’ character. Compassion saw him reach out to a widow who had just lost her only son and compassion is what sees Jesus reach out to us. The life-changing truth is that Jesus is good and He encourages us to ask Him for help. He never ran from disease, death, or wretchedness. While we may not understand why certain prayers are answered quickly while others hang painfully in the air, we can be assured that He sees us and cares. 1 He has compassion to come to our aid when we need Him and to be an ever present source of strength in our moments of weakness.

1Adapted from David Jeremiah, Turning Point Ministries

 

A Promise Of Hope And Peace

5th July

The Lord will mediate between nations and will settle international disputes. They will hammer their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war anymore..”

Isaiah 2:4

Have you ever been promised hope in a hopeless situation? It must have felt so great to know that there would soon be end to your suffering or turmoil. Today’s message was exactly that for a nation who was in self-inflicted persecution, yet never abandoned or forsaken by their kind and gracious God. Yet, the reason God’s word is so valuable for today’s readers, is that God’s promises were not just for those who lived thousands of years ago, but also for today’s day and age. After all, we worship the same God who spoke these words.

Today’s world is full of war, rumours of wars, financial crisis, and un-rest. Who do we turn to in such times? Who can we find hope and peace in? The answer.. The Prince of Peace: Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, God with us. If God is with us, then what do we have to fear. God through Isaiah’s words promised that He Himself would mediate peace between nations… Nation will no longer fight against nation… There will be peace. It is a promise. In our waiting and our trusting, let us put our hope once more in God’s promises, in the security of His words and trust that His word will always come to pass. May we too be vessels of His peace, love and hope.