SERMONS


Foolish Pride Meets Perfect Compassion at Sanctuary

How do you view the crowds? Which crowds? Perhaps just think of any of the recent gatherings of the past several weeks, small or large. What do you see? What is your consideration of them? Did you recognize any of them? What was in each of their hearts? Perhaps even more importantly, what was in your heart? If you’re like me (and you are), you’ll see crowds of people, and perhaps have a guess of what they’re thinking and what’s in their hearts, but you cannot really be certain. You often might come to conclusions that are shallow, subjective, misconstrued, even unkind. And, even if you were to be correct in assessing the behavior of a crowd, you would still not be able to know what was found deep in each heart. Thankfully, there is One who is different – Jesus, our Lord; Jesus, God in the flesh; Jesus, who has come among us; Jesus, who sees. At the end of Matthew 9, we read that Jesus looked at a large crowd of people coming to Him, people who desired to learn, and some who desired to be healed. Jesus looked at them, and had pity (compassion) on them all, because He saw them as only He could see – He knew that they were “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” We’ll look closely at the amazing depth of that description. We’ll talk about that phrase in our time together in worship. We’ll consider what that tells us about our precious, loving Savior. We’ll seek to understand how this is to frame our prayer life, as well as our faith-filled life in the middle of this hurting world. The tremendous love of our Lord Jesus is beyond all limitations, and in it, He truly does have a heart for all people. This gracious truth, then, informs my prayers. This gracious truth, then, informs my speech, my thoughts, my daily ways. “Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden, cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit that we may perfectly love You and worthily magnify Your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.” See you soon! LS