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December 8, 2020 5:00 am
Pastor author and Bible teacher Alan writing some days I just feel like you read the paper. I just want to say all this other deserted island that feeling and how Jesus feel about all these people be so frustrating and we can be so disgusted with famine and have so much consternation. Helen Wright, another message of good news that will help you see your life in a whole new light.
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Let's get started with today's teaching here is Alan writing this I don't have to just walk around frustrated with people and culture. Crowds that are all going on the wrong directions. You can have your frustrations changed more to compassion and this comes by seeing as Jesus sees where and a new series is called. You'll see.
And it is all about getting the perspective of Christ because how you see something determines how you think about it how you feel and how you act and today I want to show you a beautiful text that reveals something online about the heart of Jesus. But how he sees people how he sees people that are acting the weather first act, how he sees the crowds and it can change everything in your heart as well. It's in Matthew chapter 9 Matthew chapter 9 verse 35 Matthew nine verse 35 and Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every affliction and when he saw the crowds had compassion for them because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. They said to his disciples, the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest is a man who was affluent to travel the world and in his travels he like to often send some exotic gift back to his mother who lived in a simple rural area of United States and sometimes she didn't quite understand what was so fancy about these gifts, he was in back, but one time he sent her a parent he had found another country that had been trained with the most extensive vocabularies that any bird had ever learned and I sent this very expensive. To his mother thought maybe you know she lived by herself and the parent of the action have the house on and so we could to actually sent the parent may they called opposite mom did you get the did you get the bird that I sent you and she said yes. She said it was delicious. He said she said yeah I was it was it was very delicious and he said mom you a bird in season will yeah said mom said bird has been trained in an extensive English vocabulary mom.
That bird could call. She said well you should've said something that you just get frustrated with people because it does not doing what we feel like they ought to be able to do. They are acting the way they should act and today I want to challenge that thinking through the lens of Jesus because he didn't really look at the crowds of people who were who were acting lost and confused and in doing wrong things and just sending he didn't really look on them as though we ought to know better. You want to be better and just Jesus go around frustrated with them instead we learn from today's text that Jesus sold them in a very common image to be very common to middle Easterners of his day. He saw them is if they were sheep that didn't have a shepherd I been the Middle East. You can still see the LBW shepherd young shepherds out with small flocks wandering around rural areas. When one site you never see is sheep that are in a pan there just wandering around themselves because sheep just cannot function by themselves and without her little bit more about that but I want to want us to look through the eyes of Jesus, so that instead of just walking around being frustrated we can have compassion and compassion fuels our prayer life and compassion fuels our ministry. That's what people need is frustrating world looked at online magazine that because it had an article listing the 50 most annoying things that people do. There were 50 of them. They wrote down things like humble bragging. You know that's where some act like they're being humble but actually bragging. I had to hire a housekeeper because my new house is just too big for me to handle Obama there some others they list not returning your shopping cart might've done that one talking ad nausea about how busy you are by like that. Looking at your phone while talking to someone in person parking to close to the line in the parking lot going to the express checkout lane with more than 10 items not letting people get off an elevator before you attempt to get on I here's one that I definitely have never never done and that is not wiping down the exercise equipment that you use at the gym and then to the gym, so I haven't done that. That why that's a lien that I haven't but I have a you give your own list frustrating. I think of top of mine is trying to pay for something at a store and the person who is attending at the cash register is talking on the phone to their friend. The customer care. It was interesting reading online list of the 50 most annoying things that they didn't list the bigger things that you might think. Be there like terrorism, racism, hatred, crime, and abuse. Bottom line, these are things that frustrate us the most.
Some days I just feel like I read the paper and I just want to say never felt this and other deserted island window had that feeling and how Jesus feel about all these people that can be so frustrating and we can be so disgusted with them and have so much consternation, the yeah compassion and compassion. To be clear about a couple of things as we launch into this invitation into Jesus as part of compassion and in the first I want to say is most of you understand this, I have a thoroughly biblical worldview and that means that I I carry a biblical view of human sexuality and marriage. I have a biblically-based view of gift of life that causes me to have strong feelings about the sanctity of life and the rights of an unborn child. I abhor racism. I I carry a biblical worldview.
So please understand that this is not an expression today of somehow saying that error is okay is not all. What were going to be saying today and it's not to say that people aren't responsible for their sin and we are responsible for our sin.
Despite the picture that were going to see today just how much were like sheep. I also want to say that the words that I have today about fostering compassion are not an invitation for us to be deceived or to become codependent meaning that we feel like we exist simply to care for others. You don't exist simply to take care of dysfunctional people and there is a place for tough love. So keep that sort under the backdrop of this as we think about compassionate ministry of Jesus talent right will have more teaching moment from today's important series want to give someone a present this Christmas that they'll never forget. Let us help you give a gift, that money can't buy this Christmas. Give someone your blessing a positive biblically-based faith filled vision for their life in the beginning God blessed Adam and Eve and then told them to be fruitful and multiply, because in God's design blessing isn't the reward for productivity. It's the fuel for it. Now more than ever, someone you love needs your blessing and we're here to help you craft this month.
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They'll never forget it when you make your gift. Alan Wake ministries this month will send you this booklet is our thinking so you can discover the power to bless call us at 877-544-4860 or visit pastor and.org. Today's teaching now can you once again is Alan writing the text says that Jesus went teaching and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing teaching, proclaiming or preaching and healing teaching and preaching and healing and this is this is not the only place with this is mentioned that the extent of Jesus's ministry is that, in his teaching. He wants people to be educated into the truth because the truth sets us free.
He proclaimed a message of good news, the Yuan deli on the good news of the kingdom that the kingdom of God was at hand. And that's the proclamation are. That's the that's what we preach is that that God has done for us in Jesus, something extraordinary in which he has paid for our sins and inaugurated the kingdom of God's reign on earth which one day will be consummated. When he returned, but has already begun and that he bit everywhere he went was healing people and their soul and in their body. This is what he was doing and when he saw the crowds, he had compassion the word compassion in English is not nearly strong enough to represent the word that is here in Greek the word this verb for being moved with compassion is a verb splendid so my that is founded on the root's blog is not which is the Greek word for the entrails or the inmost being. It is in the vernacular.
It's it's it's it's your guts and son as will even say that. Like I feel it down deep and might get. And so when Jesus is moved with compassion what he has moved with is something that is visceral, something that is deep within him is not just a passing pity is something that grips the entirety of his being Henry now in his book compassion said compassion is such a deep central and powerful emotion in Jesus that it can only be described as movement of the womb of God.
When Jesus was moved to compassion now and write the source of all life trembled. The ground of all love burst open and the abyss of God's immense inexhaustible tenderness reveals itself that begins to come close to what Jesus experienced not only hear about many other instances you'll see if you have an eye for an read the New Testament gospels and see how often Jesus is moved with compassion, like in Mark chapter 6. Similarly, in verse 34.
Similar to Artech when he went ashore he saw a great crowd and had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he began to teach them. And in Luke chapter 7 verse 12 we read, as he drew near to the gate of the town. Behold, a man who had died was being carried out.
The only son of his mother and she was a widow and a considerable crowd from the town was with her, and when the Lord saw her he had compassion on her and send her do not weep. And then he resuscitated in Matthew 14 when he went ashore. Matthew 1414. He went ashore he saw a great crowd and had compassion on them and healed their sick.
Matthew 20 verse 32 Jesus stopped and called them what you want me to do for you. We asked Lord they answered. We want our site Jesus had compassion splendid semi on them and touched their eyes. And immediately they receive their sight and followed him. Mark chapter 8 verse one in those days when I get a great crowd had gathered and they had nothing to eat. He called his disciples to him and he said to him I have compassion on the crowd as he been with me for three days and nothing to eat if I send my hungry to their homes go faint on the way we fed them.
John 11 is the story of Jesus coming who will raise Lazarus from the dead when he sees Lazarus and sisters in the crowd weeping.
This is what happened in John 1133 when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews would come with her also weeping.
He was deeply moved in a spirit and greatly troubled and he said, where have you laid him. I said, Lord, come and see. And Jesus wept. He was literally trembling with compassionate emotion, even though he knew he was going to resuscitate Lazarus from the grave he was moved to heal not just for his own glory or the validation that the kingdom of God had come.
Though those are true, but the picture in the New Testament is that Jesus taught and preached and healed because he felt so for the people. Compassion will move you in a way that your good intentions never will. And why was he so moved, he was moved when he verse 36 of Matthew nine when he saw the crowds, so is something about the way he saw that she when you when you see someone in a whole new light.
You understand something about their plight.
It changes all of your feelings. I was I was in a men's room not long ago and I was just washing my hands and a man came up approaching sort of from the back and he just got a little bit too much of my personal space. There were two sinks in this. Got too close to me and just for moment just a fleeting moment is a little irritated on site will outline it is going over that same Isaac with Univision, career, bump me out of this ecological and was upset. I just like irritated until I paused, looked more closely looked around and he had a cane. He had a sick and he was. I realized he was blind was I irritated anymore.
Of course not. He sort of stepped up and he said is the soap dispenser over on the right.
I said yeah just a step or two to your right. I was can I help you irritation turn to compassion just like sometimes you might be expecting more of someone and maybe they should get their act together more but if you could see with the eyes of Jesus.
I think you'd see something deeper underneath that we have a ministry, we celebrate with Larry reverence ministries every December.
Here Luke 14 banquet that is a lavish celebration and Christmas meal 04.
Some of the disenfranchised in our community. Homeless people of the different shelters I would send buses and vans. People bring them in from the missions and in the shelters and end, and feed the homeless on nice China silverware and glasses, not paper good and we don't scrap. It's wonderful feast and it's a delightful thing.
From the earliest time that I thought was appropriate. I like bring my kids to come and serve number one Bennett was little and the first time that he came to serve with me and we were washing our hands before going into serve and there was one of our guests that was there. He was disheveled. He didn't smell very good and he was over the sink and he was putting water on his hair and it was in from the mirror and he was trying to get his hair to look good and we look back at us.
He said if I knew I was coming to something so nice. I would try to get a bath before I came don't mean and there's somebody that just reason that they don't trying harder than they do is they had seen a point on it yet. Just what it would be like to see everybody through the eyes of Jesus is a story behind lives of people.
When Jesus said is that I see them as if they are sheep who don't have a shepherd is a very very prominent image because everybody knew that you never see sheep who don't have a shepherd and if you do it's a bad situation for the sheep. Allen Wright, today's good news message needs titled how to have compassion for sinners is in our series, you'll see and we got Pastor Alan back to join us in the studio with our parting good news talk the day in just about want to give someone a present this Christmas that they'll never forget. Let us help you give a gift, that money can't buy this Christmas.
Give someone your blessing a positive biblically-based faith filled vision for their life in the beginning God blessed Adam and Eve and then told them to be fruitful and multiply, because in God's design blessing isn't the reward for productivity. It's the fuel for it.
Now more than ever, someone you love needs your blessing and we're here to help you craft this month. Special offer from Allen Wright is a beautiful booklet that will teach you how to craft an full blessing for easy step-by-step instructions are biblically based, and even include a worksheet that helps you write your blessing.
So this Christmas. Give someone you love a present, not found in stores, a gift from your own heart that will encourage and empower write down the blessing and put it in the package under the tree or put it in your Christmas card. They'll never forget it when you make your gift Allen Wright ministries this month will send you this booklet is our thinking so you can discover the power to bless call us at 877-544-4860 or visit Pastor and.org bakery down the studio sharing Pastor Alan sporting good news thought for the day and this was about compassion and and compassion for those who are like us compassion to those baby were frustrated with young people. I think that follow God that want to have compassion want to be up people of who can feel with others and can have mercy in their hearts, and yet sometimes we just struggle with. That way we can become embittered and we feel as though people just thought you know Buck up and pull themselves then get on the right path, and so Jesus when he looked at the crowds of the of the of the centers. What he saw were people that were harassed and helpless under a spiritual battle and they were like she is a very common image or myself if I sheep didn't have a shepherd that sheep in trouble and that's when Jesus saw people so instead of trying to work harder to have a better attitude towards people asked Jesus to help you see them as he sees the shepherd and he sees that she is in need. They don't have a shepherd then they're going to act in a very strange way. Jesus had you seen centers. If you only caught part of today's teaching. Not only can you listen again online but also get a daily email devotional that matches today's teaching right to your email inbox free. Find out more about these and other resources, and pastor at.org that's Pastor out at.org. Today's good news message is a listener supported production Allen Wright ministries