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Kingdom Compassion - Part A

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June 12, 2024 6:00 am

Kingdom Compassion - Part A

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June 12, 2024 6:00 am

Pastor Skip shows you how Jesus modeled compassion perfectly for us.

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No one was more compassionate than Christ. Nine times the New Testament describes Jesus as having compassion, having compassion for those who had incurable diseases like the blind beggars of Jericho, like the leper in Galilee, those who were brokenhearted, downcast, outcasts, even a woman caught in adultery. He had compassion. Today on Connect with Skip Heitig, Pastor Skip shows you how Jesus modeled compassion perfectly for us.

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We'll be in Mark 6. Part of love is compassion, and the best definition I have ever found for compassion is, compassion is your pain in my heart. It's where I am willing to carry your hardship, trial, pain, suffering, situation, and make it near and dear, and make it my concern.

That can only be motivated by love, the love of God. I don't know if you've ever heard the name Paul Tournier. Dr. Paul Tournier was a medical doctor, but he's known in counseling circles. He was a Swiss physician, also a Christian. As a doctor, he understood the intricacies of the human body.

As a Christian, he knew the Word of God. He is best known for pastoral counseling. He said, and I quote, I'm convinced that nine out of every 10 people seeing a psychiatrist do not need one.

They need somebody who will love them with God's love, and they will get well. Close quote. He's not the only person who believed that. Another famous psychiatrist by the name of Dr. Carl Menninger believed that. He's the doctor who developed the Menninger Clinic, which became quite famous. As a lifelong Christian, he wanted to treat his patients with love, and the orders that he gave to his staff is, let's develop an atmosphere of creative love in the clinic.

Creative love, that's how he described it. So he would not allow bad attitudes among his staff, wanted to treat everybody kindly with love and compassion, and he noted that within six months, the average time that his patients spent in the clinic was cut in half. And he said, love cures people, both the ones who give it and those who receive it. No one was more compassionate than Christ. Nine times the New Testament describes Jesus as having compassion, having compassion for those who had incurable diseases, like the blind beggars of Jericho, like the leper in Galilee, those who were brokenhearted, downcast, outcast, even a woman caught in adultery. He had compassion. The story that I have chosen this morning in Mark chapter 6, beginning in verse 30, is also a story of compassion. We will read that word in the text, Jesus had compassion. He has compassion on several levels, four actually, four different levels of compassion. He has compassion toward his disciples and compassion toward the crowds, the come toward his apostles and toward his audience, four levels of compassion.

Before we get into them, let me set it up for you. We're dealing with the famous miracle, the feeding of the 5,000, the feeding of the 5,000. You've all heard about it.

In fact, I should just have a show of hands. Raise your hand if you've never heard of the miracle of the 5,000. Yeah, you haven't heard? Okay, so we have a couple honest people who have heard about it. You haven't heard? Okay, so we have a couple honest people who have never heard it.

You're about to hear it. The feeding of the 5,000 is Jesus' most famous miracle next to the resurrection because it wasn't a private miracle. It wasn't healing a person here or there in a private home. It was involving thousands of people on a public grand scale, the feeding of the 5,000. It's so important that it is found in all four Gospels. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John all include the feeding of the 5,000.

So we're reading out of Mark. I'm going to piece a few things together that I get from all the other ones without having you turn there. But we know that this happens in the spring of the year because John says it was near the Passover. And Passover happens in April, late April, maybe even the beginning of May. So it is springtime in Galilee.

There's a few things that are important to note. The apostles have just gotten back from a mission trip, a short-term mission trip Jesus sent them on. It was a very successful mission trip. He sent them to preach the gospel, heal the sick. So He conveyed power to them to be able to do that. And so they were commanded to skirt the villages of Galilee and share the gospel and heal people.

They're just getting back from that. All of the disciples were from Galilee except for one, Judas Iscariot. So they all knew the area well. It was quite a populated area, even though it is agricultural still to this day. When you visit Galilee, you see all the beautiful farms out there, things growing everywhere. But at the time of Jesus, that was also true, and yet there were about 200, 205 towns and villages around. Josephus says there were three million people living all together in Galilee.

So it was densely populated, relatively speaking. So the apostles have just gotten back from that mission trip. Also, John the Baptist has just been murdered violently murdered, and the buzz is getting out everywhere, and the pressure is going to be felt by the disciples themselves.

Third thing to make a note of is the public interest around Jesus is at an all-time high, a fever pitch really. He can't go anywhere alone. There's always a crowd of people. They always recognize Him. They swarm around Him. They want something from Him. They want something from Him. The disciples just got back from a trip. They were able to do miracles. They're swarming around them. So all of that is draining on them. Now we begin with these four levels of compassion, and the first one to make a note of is that it is practical.

It's a practical compassion. Verse 30, then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught, the healings they performed, the gospel they preached. And He said to them, Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile. For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.

So they departed to a deserted place in a boat, or actually in the boat—there's always a definite article—some regular boat that they used by themselves. Okay, so we don't have to go to it, but back in chapter 6, like verse 7, is when Jesus sends them out on that short-term mission trip, sends them out two by two. So now they come back together.

This is the debriefing. There are six groups of two giving their ministry reports, and it was so successful. We don't have time to find and read all that, but they come back and they said, Man, it worked. The power was displayed. People were healed.

There were miracles at our hands, and the gospel was preached. So they're excited. They're tired. But they're also tired. And Jesus can see that. He can read the body language.

He can look into their droopy eyes and say, Come aside and rest. That's noteworthy. His first words aren't awesome, you guys. I knew you had it in you.

I'm glad you went out. None of that. I think you need a break. This is compassion, compassion for His worn-out disciples. Now, Jesus would understand what it means to be exhausted. Two chapters before this, our Lord is in a boat, in a storm, and it's so violent the waves are that the boat is about to sink.

The disciples are freaking out. What's Jesus doing? He's sleeping in the boat. His head is on a plank of wood, and He has fallen asleep out of sheer exhaustion.

And now they come back. His disciples come back, and Jesus can see that they are tired. So His first level is compassion for His apostles, His staff, His followers. So He puts them in a boat. And we know from the other gospel records that He tells them to go to Bethsaida.

It's a little village about four miles by sea away from Capernaum. So He puts them in a boat, and they're going on this four-mile boat ride for some R&R. To rest. Have you ever found it interesting that one of the Ten Commandments is a commandment to rest, a commandment to rest? Of the Ten Commandments, it is the Tender Commandment, the Fourth Commandment. You shall observe the Sabbath day. Thou shall take a break.

You shall relax. And you might wonder, well, why did God have to make a commandment for us to rest? Because He knows human nature, that's why. He knows that we are prone to sometimes work so hard and not let up that other things get damaged. So He put it in the commandments. You shall rest.

He knows this so well. Some people have to have their lives packed full of activity and don't know how to let go. And something always gives.

Husbands, wives, family, friends, God, church, health. The Greeks had an old saying. They said, if you always keep the bow bent, eventually it will break. So they come back. They're excited, but they're tired. Jesus says it's time to take a rest.

This is why you never find anything in Scripture that says exhaustion is next to godliness. You'll never find that. It's not in there. I was digging through my vehicle manual, the manual that comes in the glove box of every car sometime back, and nobody reads that thing, right? Nobody reads their vehicle manual until something in their vehicle breaks. Then they get the manual out.

What went wrong? But it would be helpful to read it before you drive it. Page one of the manual says, regular maintenance is essential to obtaining the highest level of performance, safety, and reliability from your vehicle. This booklet is designed to help you make sure your vehicle receives proper and timely maintenance. Follow this booklet's recommendations and you'll enjoy maximum reliability, peace of mind for many years to come. So is this booklet. This is your owner's manual.

Follow it because it's designed to make sure your life has proper maintenance and give you peace of mind for many years to come. And so part of the script that God has built into His Word is that we would rest. It's even in the commandments.

It's even here in the life of Jesus. So they get into the boat. They go for a rest. It's a four-mile boat ride.

The only rest they're going to get is that four-mile boat ride because as soon as they get to the other shore, they got work to do. And life can be like that. Ministry can be like that. Sometimes that's just the reality of ministry. There are busy seasons. There are needs.

There are demands. And so you need rest, but you have to just sort of forestall that for a little bit. But that's the first level of compassion.

Very practical. You need a break. Second level of compassion, it is spiritual.

It is spiritual. So look at verse 33. They're going to go rest. The disciples are going to go rest. But the multitudes saw them departing. They're leaving Capernaum. Many knew Him and ran there on foot from all the cities.

They arrived before them and came together to Him. Now it's four miles. If you take a boat ride, if you go by foot on that road, it's about eight miles. So they have to walk or run eight miles, which means the guys and gals who are going to get there first are the young, fit, right?

Guys like us are panting. But they'll get there. So by the time they make that four miles, there's already a large crowd from all the cities. They arrive before them and come together to Him.

So you get the picture. The crowd sees them leave Capernaum, get in the boat ride. Where are they going? They're going that way. Let's go that way.

Let's go that way. They start running, collecting people as they go. They're so excited.

Now, answer this question. Why are they that excited to be wherever Jesus is? I mean, okay, He loves Capernaum. Okay, but He'll be back. I mean, this is His headquarters for three and a half years.

He'll be back. So we don't have to go every time He's somewhere. Yes, they do. They're highly motivated to follow Him every day.

They're highly motivated to follow Him every single place He goes. Do you want to know why? Good. I'm glad you did. Just a rhetorical question.

I figured you'd say yes. Why are they so excited? John 6, you don't have to turn there.

It's the parallel account of this, tells us exactly why. It says, Then a great multitude followed Him because they saw His signs, performed on those who were diseased. Who wouldn't want to be wherever He is? He's the best show in town. He's the best theater going. What else are you going to do in Capernaum? There's somebody who heals sick people.

Let's go hang out there. They have seen His miracles. They have heard of His miracles, of physical healing, and really, for the most part, that's all they're interested in. Not His message, not His saving power from their sin, but His wonder-working miracles.

He is a wonder-working Messiah. Now, something you need to know about Jesus. This is the reason Jesus was never too excited about big crowds. He never said to Peter, Did you see how many people were listening to my sermon today? That stuff didn't geek him out. He didn't care about it.

And here's why He didn't care about it. John chapter 2 tells us, When He was in Jerusalem at the Passover during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man. They wanted a sign-giver, a miracle worker. They didn't want a Savior. They believed in Him because of the signs. Jesus didn't commit Himself to them because He knew them.

He knew the motive. Warren Wiersbe calls these unsaved believers, unsaved believers. Yeah, they believe in Him, sort of. As long as He gives them what they want, they'll believe in Him. But if He makes a demand on their lives or shares a hard truth with them, forget about it. They're unsaved believers. So He brings them aside for rest. They depart.

But the multitudes, verse 33, saw them. They get there at the shore. Now, when the boat hits the shore, you might figure that Jesus is going to be a little tiffed, a little angry, a little put off, irritated. You know that He's going to get out of the boat, see the crowd, and say, really?

Really? You guys again. You follow Me everywhere.

You're always here. But He doesn't do that. Verse 34 says, and Jesus, when He came out, came out of the boat, saw a great multitude, He was moved with compassion. There's the word. Moved with compassion for them because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things. Now, Luke says, when Jesus saw the multitude, He welcomed them. We have a welcome center for new people who come to the church. We want people to feel welcome when they come. Jesus welcomed them. Hey, we're glad you're here. And here, it further says, He was moved with compassion.

Three words, moved with compassion. One word in Greek, splonchnizomai. How's that for a word? Splonchnizomai.

You'll be tested on this by the end of the class. Not really. Splonchnizomai is a word that refers to your viscera, your guts, your intestine. The old King James translates it often, bowels. Ever read that verse? Bowels of mercy.

And you go, ew. What is that? It's this word splonchna or splonchnizomai. And it is because the ancient peoples believed that the deepest emotions were felt in the stomach. If you have to stand in front of people and speak to them like I'm speaking to you now, you might have a morbid fear of that. And if you have to do that, you get butterflies or you get nauseated. You feel it in the pit of your stomach. Therefore, when it says Jesus was moved with compassion, it means He had tender emotions, tender mercy, sympathetic emotion that He felt in the pit of His stomach.

Why? What caused those feelings? It says because He saw them as sheep, not having a shepherd. They would have understood what that means living in a culture with a lot of sheep and agriculture, sheep without a shepherd. You know what happens to sheep without a shepherd? They die.

Somebody said they wander. They do that, but they die. They don't take care of themselves. They don't feed themselves. They don't protect themselves. If they fall over on their back, they can't get back up on their feet. They get into a caste position, a caste sheep on its back.

Gases build up. Nobody can clean. They can't clean each other.

They don't clean each other. A shepherd has to pick out the pebbles and the thorns and the dirt out of its thick, lanolin-filled coat. They need a shepherd. So to say they are like sheep, not having a shepherd is a picture of helplessness. They lack spiritual guidance. They lack protection. So Jesus welcomed them and saw with tender compassion. These people are like sheep without a shepherd. So what does he do?

Notice what it says. He began to teach them many things. He was so emotionally moved, he said, sit down. I'm going to give you a Bible study. He began to teach them many things. One translation says he taught them at length.

It must have been long because he didn't get around to giving them lunch till the sun is about to set. Luke says he taught them about the kingdom of God. So just get this picture. They want signs. He gives them truth. They want miracles. He gives them a Bible study.

All of that to say this, keep in mind your greatest need may not be a better job, a new car, or more money. Your greatest need may be for a better understanding of truth, which will reveal what you really need. That's Skip Heitzig speaking on the compassion of Jesus.

It's a message from his series, Kingdom City. Find the full message as well as books, booklets, and full teaching series at connectwithskipp.com. Now we want to tell you about a resource that will help you know the Holy Spirit more intimately. The Holy Spirit bestows many different spiritual gifts on believers like prophecy, healing, miracle working, and more.

And each gift shares a common purpose, to edify others. Here's Pastor Skip Heitzig explaining the best way to use our spiritual gifts. I think man's greatest capacity is to be a channel from which the Holy Spirit flows into us, from which the Holy Spirit flows into us, but then out from us as Jesus said, like torrents of living waters. Dive into this month's Connect with Skip Heitzig resource to discover who the Holy Spirit is and deepen your understanding of how and why he gives spiritual gifts to believers. He comes on us to give us his empowering.

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Call 800-922-1888 or give online securely at connectwithskipp.com slash offer. Join us tomorrow as Skip shares a message about how God uses the simple and small to do great and amazing things. God uses simple things to do great things. All he had was fish and chips. He fed a multitude. That day when mom was saying, don't leave the house yet.

I'm packing you a lunch. When she packed that little lunch, she had no idea that it would impact 20,000 people. But it did because something little placed in the hands of Jesus becomes something great. It blesses multitudes. Connect with Skip Hyten is a presentation of Connection Communications, connecting you to God's never changing truth in ever changing times.
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