Summary of the Sermon by Pastor K Steven, at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 11 June 2017.
Character of Christ – Compassion
Whenever we turn to the Bible, we see that Jesus was always moved with compassion. As Christians, we should also be moved with compassion like Christ. Our lives need to be transformed day by day. If there is no change in our life, we cannot bring an impact. How can we reach out to many people? Many people will pass by a person who falls into a pit, but Jesus will go to the pit and bring that person out.
When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick. (Matthew 14:14)
Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” (Mark 1:41)
Jesus was moved to help others in need. He not only saw their needs but He was also moved to help them.
Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; 15 and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. (James 5:13-15)
33 They said to Him, “Lord, we want our eyes to be opened.” 34 Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him. (Matthew 20:33-34)
We need to ask God to remove the scales from our spiritual eyes so that we can see God’s wonders and miracles. Prophet Elisha’s servant, Gehazi, was afraid when saw the enemies surrounding them. When Elisha prayed for him, the Lord opened Gehazi’s eyes and he saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around them (2 Kings 6:15-17).
If we are waiting for a miracle, pray and humble ourselves before God asking the Lord to open our spiritual eyes.
Jesus and His mother, Mary, were invited to a wedding in Cana. Mary realized that the wine was running out at the wedding. Mary took the trouble to ask Jesus as He was full of compassion. Mary then asked the servants at the wedding banquet to do as Jesus said, as she believed He would do something about it.
We need to bring our problems to Jesus without dictating how we want it to be done. Many times we try to tell God how our problems could be solved even though God knows the best way to solve our problems.
If we believe, God can make every impossible to be possible.
Moses prayed to God for a way out for the Israelites and God parted the Red Sea. The centurion asked Jesus to say a word so that his servant could be healed. They did not dictate how God should fulfil their needs but entrusted it into the hands of God.
When Jesus stepped into the situation, He turned the water to wine. The workers obeyed Jesus although they do not know what was going to happen. They even obeyed when Jesus asked them to serve the wine to chief of the banquet (headwaiter) even though they did not understand what had happened after Jesus instructed them.
The Bible tells us not to be fearful. We need to obey God even though we do know how. Pastor Steven had a pain in his right side for about 12 days. After attending a meeting, he told a doctor about the problem. Another doctor checked him the following day and assured him that his heart was good. We can trust a specialist because he is an expert in that specialty, and we should trust God even more as He is the author and perfecter of our faith!
We need to put the Bible into practise. We need to taste and know that God is good (Psalm 34:8).
Do we have the same compassion as Jesus? Mary could have left the wedding when she realized that wine was running out at the wedding, but she decided to do something about that need. She knew Jesus was full of compassion and she surrendered the situation to Jesus.
This is the year of Miracle Harvest and God wants to reach out to the people around us who do not Jesus. We cannot save anyone but we can be the middle person to bring them to Jesus. Trust God at all times and allow Him to work the miracle in our lives. Let us learn to be full of compassion just like Jesus.