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July 30, 2020, 6:21 PM

Our Compassionate Savior

Matthew 8:14-17 When Jesus came into Peter's home, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever.  He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she got up and waited on Him.  When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill.  This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: "He Himself took our infirmities and carried away our diseases."

The heart of our Savior is compassionate toward us.  He knows we are needy people.  Matthew 8:14-17 contains five pieces of evidence of Jesus' compassion.  First, arriving at Peter's home, He took notice that Peter's mother-in-law was sick.  "He saw."  People full of compassion live with their hearts open toward others.  People may see with their eyes, but fail to see with their hearts.  This is not so with Jesus.  He saw a need and took action.  There is no evidence that Jesus was asked to heal, but that he proactively decided to heal Peter's mother-in-law.  The second act of compassion is seen when Jesus touched her hand.  Matthew 8:5-13 teaches us that Jesus can just say the word and a person will be healed.  There was no need to touch Peter's mother-in-law, but Jesus chose to do it as an act of compassion.  The third evidence of His compassion is that he casted out demons.  The fourth evidence of his compassion is the inclusive way in which He healed people.  Matthew 8 reveals He healed all who were ill. He excluded no one.  A broken heart that comes to Jesus will find a compassionate heart.  The fifth evidence of His compassion is that He operated in submission to the Word of God. A survey of the Gospel will reveal that Jesus operated under the authority of the Old Testament.  To walk in obedience to the Bible is an act of compassion toward God and toward others.  Spend some time today praising Jesus for His compassion.