He Had Compassion

Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.  And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.  And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still.  And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.  And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak.  And he delivered him to his mother.

Luke 7:12-15

In this passage, we find a widow (who had already lost her husband) who had just lost her only son.  She had “much people of the city with her,” no doubt trying to give her some measure of comfort.  It must have been a touching scene, and her sorrow was noticed by the Lord Jesus.  The Bible then tells us something about the character of Jesus Christ: when He saw her, “he had compassion on her…”  He was compassionate.  He saw a woman sorrowing over a legitimate loss and had compassion.

To be perfectly honest, He probably had “more important” work to do.  He was preparing to go to cross and take the entire sin debt of humanity on His shoulders.  He was preparing to take a barrage of everything that Hell and the Devil could throw at Him.  He was preparing to do His Father’s will.  This was just one grieving woman.  There have been many, many women throughout history who have lost husbands and sons.  She was not the first to go through this, nor would she be the last.  But those things did not matter.  Our Saviour had compassion.  The Lord Jesus Christ a woman with a need and had compassion on her.

We see people grieving and in distress every day.  How well are we following our Saviour’s example and having compassion on them?

2 responses to this post.

  1. When I took one of our neighbors some Christmas treats, he started crying . ..having just lost his wife to Alzheimers in Sept. I just hugged him and cried too. Asking God for little ways that we can bless him throughout the year. Thanks Ben, for encouraging us to be compassionate and God bless you as you are!


    • There are so many people around us who are hurting and who we can help if we will. Sometimes people do just really need a shoulder to cry on. Compassion is something that we can all have more of.


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