Compassionate Shepherd

Scripture passage: Mark 6: 34, 34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.

A huge crowd assembled whenever the news of Jesus’ presence was heard. When we read this passage we understand that the crowd did not leave Jesus or His disciples to even collect food. But even then Jesus was not annoyed with them, rather he felt compassion for the people and taught them many things. The love and compassion that the Lord showed towards the Jews is the same he has for us. Instead of understanding the value of the gem that is the word of God, are we not ignoring it in our daily lives?? ” Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again.” Are these words a treasure to cherish or not?? We should not forget, 1 Corinthians 15: 3-4,  “that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures,”. Also when we are running the race of life we should pause and think upon, 1 Peter 3:15, As we assent to the gospel message, may we “set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess,”.

In the Old Testament, we come to know of the compassionate Lord when He delivers the Israelites from Egyptian slavery (Exodus 6). Hearing their weeping and distress, the Lord sends Moses to deliver them. On the other hand, in the New Testament, to deliver the whole mankind from sin and temptation, and to protect them from its captivity the Lord sent His only Son for us.

In the Old Testament,the Lord upon hearing the pains and sufferings of His children sends a man from among them to deliver them from bondage. On the other hand, in the New Testament, Jesus the Son of God came to earth as a mortal. He went among us humans to rescue us. He gave up Himself as sacrifice at the cross for our sins. 1 Peter 2: 24, 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

In Luke 7:11-17, we read how Jesus raises a widow’s dead son. She did not ask for help from Jesus. Jesus looks at her and understands her pain, her loss and suffering, Luke 7: 13, 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” He brings back her son to life.

In the Old Testament, the Lord hardened the heart of the Pharaoh and so he paid no heed to the words of Moses. In the New Testament, the Pharisees considered it blasphemy that Jesus claimed Himself to be the Son of God. So they made Him suffer and crucified Him on the cross. There was no one to support Him, none of the people he had cured or Lazarus, none. It is because they were held captive by the thoughts of the flesh and not the spirit that empowers, Romans 8:5, Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. But the Lord did not hold grudge against his people rather He is always with us, His flock. John 14: 18, 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. What powerful and strengthening are these words!!!

He is a compassionate shepherd who always tends to His flocks without fail. The Lord shows His love and compassion on us children always, as seen both in Old and New Testament. Psalms 121 reads,

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

AMEN.

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