Jesus went on from there and walked beside the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain and sat down there. And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them, so that the crowd wondered, when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel. Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”
What image do you see when you hear the disciples report about the compassion of Christ? Do you read words like "moved by compassion" and wonder how they knew Jesus was being moved by compassion? Do you ever think about a Jesus who walked about the countryside being confronted by "the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, and many others" who were in much pain? Do you see him weeping as these are laid at his feet? Can you envision the healing tears of the son of God? Can you see the compassion of the Lord?
In the book of Hebrews we read about our High Priest Jesus who is touched with the feeling of our infirmities. The eternal compassion of Jesus astounds me. When I pray I picture him there with me. As I walk through life I imagine him cheering me on. When I hurt He hurts with me. His compassion is great and without comparison. I am in awe of his compassion both on the crowds and on me. And with those crowds I glorify God for the gift of His son in my life.
I am unworthy of your compassion Lord. I thank you and give glory to your name.