But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Matthew 9:36
When I was a kid, I distinctly remember this one time I was at the mall with my parents, and I got separated from them. I was right by my mom in one second. Without realizing, I got distracted by something and had lost visual of my mom. My immediate response of course was to loudly cry out “Mommy!” repeatedly as I was lost in a maze of clothing stands that hid my view of anyone familiar. There were a couple of really nice salespeople who actually pointed me in the right direction, and I was reunited! It was the most terrifying 30 seconds of my 4 year old self.
Fast forward twenty years later, and I can look back to how lost I was wandering around in this world unable to see the Father due to the height of sin in my life. I am so grateful that Jesus intervened and guided me to Him by cutting down my walls of darkness. He became my Shepherd and laid down His own life for the sheep. Now that’s grace!
I love that image of Christ just looking across the multitude and His insides melted for them. He didn’t just show compassion to that specific group; Jesus has compassion for every single one of you! This is why He died on the cross.
Christ has the biggest heart. He showed evidence of that over and over again throughout the Bible. How many people did He heal? How many lives were drastically changed just because He showed kindness when no one else would? Even 2,000 years later, Christ’s compassion for His creation still continues to have a rippling effect that will go on for eternity!
The amazing thing about the Gospel is that His compassion for me never fades! If anything, the closer I draw to Him the more amplified His grace becomes in my daily life. It’s so crazy to realize how many blessings He loves to pour out on His children. He doesn’t just guide His sheep. He also feeds them and grooms them.
Do you feel the compassionate eyes of Jesus in your life? Do you feel Him tugging at you to stop going the wrong way but change directions to a completely unexpected but glorious destination? He only has your best interest at heart. He is really the best Shepherd to have watching over you.