#172 “Surely our grief he himself bore, and our sorrows he carried.” Isaiah 53:4 NASBSep 11th, 2012 | By admin | Category: The Basics (click on Article name)
The compassion of Christ always led to action, to stand for the highest good and healing in God’s time and way for each individual. When we are faced with misunderstanding or hostility this compassion and this stand can bring peace to our hearts.
Much love in Christ,
#172 “Surely our grief he himself bore, and our sorrows he carried.” Isaiah 53:4 NASB
“And the LORD said, ‘I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and I have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings.’ “ “I know their sorrows.” Exodus 3:7 (The word for sorrows in Isaiah and Exodus verses is the same, #4341.)
Jesus bore or lifted (#5375) the grief (#2483 malady, anxiety, calamity) and sorrows of the bondage to sin and death. The result of bearing grief and carrying sorrow in his human ministry was through the exercise of healing power.
“And when evening had come, they brought to him many who were demon-possessed; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill in order that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, ‘He himself took our infirmities, and carried away our diseases.’ “ Matthew 8:16-17
There is an important relationship between compassion and healing.
(Compassion: 4697 Splaghehnizomai: to be moved with compassion, to yearn with compassion Compassion in the Latin: to suffer with; concern for the suffering of another)
Each miracle of healing was motivated by Jesus heart- felt connection to the experience of the one who suffered.
“And Jesus was going about all the cities and the villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.
And seeing the multitudes, he felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast like sheep without a shepherd….” Matt 9:35-6
“And when he went ashore, he saw a great multitude, and felt compassion for them, and healed their sick.” Matthew 14:14
“They said to him, ‘Lord, we want our eyes to be opened.’ And moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed him.” Matthew 20:33-34
“And a leper came to him, beseeching him and falling on his knees before him, and saying to him, ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean.’ And moved with compassion, he stretched out his hand, and touched him, and said to him, ‘I am willing; be cleansed.’ ” Mark 1:40-41
Luke 7:1312-14 “Now as he approached the gate of the city, behold a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a sizeable crowd from the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he felt compassion for her, and said to her, ‘Do not weep.’ And he came up and touched the coffin; and the bearers came to a halt. And he said, ‘Young Man, I say to you, arise!” And the dead man sat up, and began to speak. And Jesus gave him back to his mother.” Verse 15
Jesus saw the need, he felt the need in the depths of his heart, and he responded to the need. He lifted the effects of sin and death by healing. This foreshadowed the permanent lifting and eradication of sin and death in both the heavenly and earthly kingdoms. To become the sin-bearer, he lifted the sin by bearing its weight upon himself. He felt the burden of the sin and the guilt that he was lifting. Each miracle of healing was motivated by Jesus heart- felt connection to the experience of the one who suffered.
“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps…”
1 Peter 2:21 Instead of retaliation, we will keep entrusting ourselves to the one who judges justly,(1 Peter 2:23) and exercise compassion. (Jesus compassion led him to the cross. 2 Peter 2:24) As we consider him, we are inspired and strengthened to have compassion on the one who may insult or misunderstand us, opening our hearts to be touched by the world of the person who is suffering.
He empowers to understand the impact of their circumstance, and to stand for the lifting of that burden.
What a privilege to stand in partnership with him, for the healing and highest blessing of others regardless of the cost.