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Offline PastorGerald

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Compassion at the Cross
« on: March 23, 2019, 18:40:09 »
Compassion at the Cross..

Pain and discomfort makes us less compassionate. We are angry at those who bring difficulty our way. It is virtually impossible for a man to think of others when he ‘himself’ suffers so much.  But, suppose, in our suffering, depression or trouble we saw one of our own family members, or maybe one of our children, cry out in their trouble.  Suddenly, that family member causes us to look beyond our own suffering to that family member, son or daughter whom we love. Men may look beyond their  pain to that spouse or child they love so much.

When Jesus was on the cross dying, they put nails through him, took his clothes off and said He was just a man claiming to be God’s choice to the world.  The nation of Israel, was in fact, looking for God’s choice and Savior to the world, but they couldn’t accept Jesus as that choice; due to His inability to come down from the cross.  But God’s plan for you and I to be forgiven of sins and a right path to God was the plan of God through Jesus voluntarily laying down His life for His friends.

A man may care for his family as he lay dying; however, only Jesus could make the provision of life to His family through His death.   In John 19.25-27, Jesus was on the cross dying as He suddenly looked through His pain, down from the cross, and made provision for His mother. He put her into the care of one of His disciples.  He trusted this one disciple to care for His mother. This was caring for your blood line while you were dying. However, there were other people at the cross; many who loved Jesus. But, these followers of Jesus knew Jesus to be the Son of God voluntarily laying down His life for His friends.  The provision Jesus was making for His mother by putting her into the care of His disciple was, and is, symbolical of the provision of life and relationship to God possible. Through His pain, He saw our need. It is for followers at the cross even today. Through His pain, Jesus provides a life of forgiveness and eternal care. This is one you won’t want to miss for the world. Jesus says, “I will care for you; I have a compassion for the lost.” 

John 19.25-27 

25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home   

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Re: Compassion at the Cross
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2019, 09:42:14 »
A beautiful sermon on compassion.  Thank you, it touched my heart immensely!
If you judge people, you have not time to love them.
- Mother Teresa

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Re: Compassion at the Cross
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2019, 12:23:27 »
Hi  Pastor Elizabeth...  Thank you for responding... and happy it brought you inspiration in Jesus...   
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