The Compassion of the Christ – Notes/Study Sheet

(Romans 5:8-9)

 

 

Introduction:

   * Jesus was forceful. He demanded family come after Him, and that we bear our cross & follow Him (Mt. 10:34-39).

   * How do we explain His popularity?

   * Evidence supporting His claim overwhelming.

 

1. Christ is our sympathetic High Priest.

   * He cares – is touched by our infirmities (Heb. 4:15).

   * Touched – sympatheo (sympathy) – “to feel with.”

   * Jesus understands (Rom. 7:14; I Cor. 9:27).

  

2. Jesus is our example.

   * Mark 5:1&following – Jesus purged a man’s demons from him.

   * Jesus showed him great mercy.

   * Mark 3 – Man with withered hand. Would Jesus heal on the Sabbath? Christ knew their thoughts (Lk. 6:8) & the

      effect of sin on them angered Him (Mk. 3:5).

   * Jesus heartsick over these hardhearted men, hence the reason He healed the sick – to try & soften them!

   * Christ was moved with compassion.

      - Mark 1:41 –

      - Purpose of miracles was to? –

 

   * Christ showed compassion to people.

      - Mark 6:34, Luke 9:11 –

      - City of Nain (Luke 7:11) –

  

3. Jesus teaches us compassion.

   * Jews hated Samaritans (John 4:9).

   * Parable of Good Samaritan (Luke 10).

   * Prodigal Son (Luke 15).

   * The Lord extends His loving forgiveness when we repent of our sins (Mt. 18:27).

  

4. Does Jesus care?

   * He cares when we lose loved ones.

   * He cares when we’re suffering disease or pain.

   * When we’re buried in sin, He cares.

   * The goodness of God should bring us to repentance (Rom. 2:4).

   * Jesus loved us first, therefore, we should love Him and others (I Jn. 4:19).

  

5. The ultimate act of compassion? Jesus sacrifice.

   * Every spring, many in society celebrate “Easter.”

   * Christians have no authority to celebrate Easter. Bible offers no command, example, or necessary inference for such.

   * We celebrate the resurrection of Christ every Sunday (Jn. 20:1ff, Acts 20:7, I Cor. 16:2).

   * Resurrection of Christ is foundation of Christianity (I Cor. 15:14ff).

   * Five important points about the resurrection:

      - 1 major evidence that Jesus is the Son of God (Rom. 1:4).

      - Represents assurance that we can have forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16; I Cor. 15:17).

      - Proclaims that the world is governed by a living Sovereign (Rev. 1:17-18).

      - Physical death not termination of life (I Tim. 6:13). Jesus firstfruits of them that are asleep (I Cor. 15:20, 23). Crown

        of life promised to those faithful till death (Rev. 2:10).

      - It previews victory of Christianity over its enemies (Rev. 5:5,6; Rev.  12:11).

If you’re not a Christian, then you must hear the word preached (Rom. 10:17), believe it (Heb. 11:6), repent of your sins (Acts 17:30), confess faith in Christ (Acts 8:36-37), and be baptized (Rom. 6:3-4; Jn. 3;5; I Peter 3:20-21; Acts 2:38). Do it today while you still have time! (Jas. 4:14).                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                    R.W. McAlister 4/12/09 a.m.