The Compassion of Christ 4-7-2015
The Compassion of Christ
A couple of weeks ago, we asked a question to our bible study class. The question was from Jesus, saying, “Who do you say that I am?” Responses ranged from the typical (savior, Father, friend, redeemer) to the atypical (mystery, confusion, hard shoes to fill). I feel that Colossians 1:9-13, speaking of prayer, shows similar views even during the time of Jesus and his disciples;
9 For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding(mystery-confusion), 10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects(hard shoes to fill), bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us (friend) to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. 13 For He rescued (savior) us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son (Father), 14 in whom we have redemption (redeemer), the forgiveness of sins.
The last part of verse 14 states, “in whom (Jesus) we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Jesus performed this for us on the cross at Calvary. Coming right out of the Easter holiday I see no better time than to point our discussion back on the cross and the amazing compassion Jesus has for us. As you read, keep your mind hovering over this line of scripture.
Luke 23:34, But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
Jesus spoke these words AFTER He was nailed and raised on the cross. He spoke these words after He had endured and suffered the flogging and the mocking. This was after having a crown of thorns placed on His head and spit upon. This was after carrying the cross. His burden. Our burden. He knew this time was coming and what he would endure for us. Sweating great drops of blood He prayed to have it pass from Him. However, He said that not His will but the Fathers be done and so forth persevered for us all. Jesus continually has compassion for us. In John 15:13, He says, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
Furthermore, the Bible says that while still sinners Christ died for us all. I am mindblown that a man would do that. However, Christ was no ordinary man. He was God with skin on. He was fully man and fully God. He is the Son of God. On that cruel cross, an unfair burden to bear, He not only died for sinners and fulfilled the scriptures, but He asked God for our forgiveness. On the cross He became a mediator between us and God the Father. Can you picture it? Can you see all that had been done to Him? He was innocent yet absolutely stricken by the world around Him. Drunken men shooting dice for his clothes. Nevertheless, He says, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
This simply amazes me. I find it profound because I see no other man of flesh and blood able to maintain this compassion except for Jesus. He is the Son of God.
On a side note: Jesus asked us to forgive as well. In Matthew 18
21 Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus *said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
And I leave you with this: Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.