Sermon in a nutshell: Matthew 9:18-38
Our God is compassionate. When Jesus was doing ministry on earth, he demonstrated Gods’ compassion in many different ways.
Today’s Bible passages show God’s compassion. Jesus first showed compassion for a ruler. A ruler came to Jesus and asked healing for his daughter. He had a high position but he was (1) desperate and (2) had faith in Jesus. Jesus had compassion for the father and the daughter. Jesus went to his house. On his way, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came and touched the hem of his garment. As you know, if we are bleeding, we are ceremonially unclean and should not touch holy things or holy ones. She broke the rules because (1) she was desperate and (2) she had strong faith in Jesus. Jesus had compassion for her and said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.”
When Jesus raised the dead girl (I said this in passing as if this is a casual thing for Jesus because it actually was a piece of cake for God to give life to the dead!) two blind men followed Jesus, crying out, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” (1) They were obviously desperate. Jesus asked to them. “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They replied. “Yes, Lord!” (2) They had faith in Jesus. Jesus opened their eyes and warned them not to spread this news.
Why? Jesus wanted to give us eternal life but people looked for miracles on earth. Those miracles are “just” means to convince us that Jesus was and is God! Once we believe in Jesus as God and Messiah, we are transformed into the children of God and have eternal life! Jesus did not want us to lose that “focus” and “the eternal meaning” of the mission and ministry of Jesus on earth.
After Jesus opened the eyes of the blind persons, they brought a man, mute and demon-possessed. When Jesus cast out the demon, people had two different responses. The crowd marveled, saying, “It was never seen like this in Israel!” The Pharisees said, however, “He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons!” Do you now see why Jesus warned the blind people not to spread the news? Some people (1) saw only miracles and looked for cures and (2) some people even twisted the meaning of the miracles. Jesus, however, cured people out of compassion. Jesus was not interested in showing off his power or in ruling of demonic world. That was why Jesus went around all the cities and villages not only healing but also teaching (the meaning of the Kingdom of God) and preaching (the Kingdom of God is already here!)
Still too many people were looking for just the means of earthly life. Jesus had compassion for them, saying, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few” And he asked us to pray to God to send out laborers into His harvest.
Last Sunday, we have shared that God is looking for humble people who have experience Grace! Once we experience God’s Grace, we should have compassion for those who have not experience this wonderful Grace. Those are the ones that Jesus was talking about and God is looking for! The question for us is then this: “Are you the one?”
1. Why do you come to church and worship God?
2. What are the things that you are asking for from God?