“Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.”

I’ve been reading Matthew lately and have been intrigued by this concept of compassion that is littered throughout this gospel. I imagine Jesus seeing these people and feeling pity for their current situations as they are incapable of changing their afflictions while He possesses the power to do so. I imagine my God having this exuberant and uncontrollable love as He is in the midst of the terrible human condition we have succumbed to. I picture His hands reaching out and tensing up as He says, “If only they understood…” I picture my King in a vagrant’s body radiating love despite His appearance. I picture choked up feelings, desperate longing, and the pressures of servanthood binding a man who wants nothing more than good for His people. I picture a simple and tired Jesus. And I want to be just like that.

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.”


~ by Chris Kyle on August 20, 2010.

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