Rev. Carl H. Kemp, Pastor
November 5, 2006
Does God really sympathize with us in our time of need?
1.) There is no trouble that comes to us without the watchful eye of our heavenly Father seeing it and sympathizing with us. To know that he knows is the beginning of healing.
Does Jesus really sympathize with us in our time of need?
Matthew 9: 3538
(Matthew NIV) When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
(Matthew NIV) Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.
(Luke NIV) Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him.
(Luke NIV) As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out--the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her.
(Luke NIV) When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, "Don't cry."
(Luke NIV) Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, "Young man, I say to you, get up!"
John Then Jesus wept
2.) The story of Jesus is a story of tender compassion toward those in need. There is no temptation or hurt or pain that comes into your life without touching the sympathetic heart of Jesus.
Does God expect me to be sympathetic to others?
(1 Pet 3:8 NIV) Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.
(1 Pet 3:9 NIV) Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
To be sympathetic or tenderhearted towards others is a mark of Christ likeness. As Jesus sympathized with the hurts of the needy, so we should also.
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