Radical Compassion

November 3, 2018

 

Jesus was radically compassionate.  He went through villages that other common people would avoid.

 

John 4:4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 

 

He physically touched people who had been condemned to be touched by others because of their disease.

 

Luke 5:12-13

While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy.  When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.

 

Jesus even told stories of radical compassion so that we would know exactly what to do when we saw someone in need.

 

Luke 10:25-37
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.  But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.  He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.  The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

 

In John 13, Jesus said that we would be recognized as His disciples by our love.

 

We believe that Radical Compassion is our way of showing others that they are loved.  When we serve others, we are putting the love of Jesus on display.  Radical Compassion happens in big ways and small ways.  I have seen radically compassionate people provide daily care for the elderly who could not afford professional services.  I have also seen radically compassionate people show up with crackers and gatorade to houses of those who are sick.  I have seen radically compassionate people donate thousands of dollars to inner-city after-school programs.  I have also seen radically compassionate people show up to after-school programs to spend time with kids that don't have stable family lives.  I have seen radically compassionate people raise funds for homeless shelters.  I have also seen radically compassionate people drive around sketchy neighborhoods with cars full of food to distribute to anyone who is hungry.

 

James, an early follower of Jesus (and perhaps even His brother!!), once said, "As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead."

 

This is why we are Creating Communities to Expand The Kingdom through Radical Compassion.

 

Because Jesus was Radically Compassionate!

 

With sincere love for each of you,

 

Pastor Jon

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