437 Lord Jesus, If You Are Willing

Jesus Filled With Compassion

 

Lord Jesus, If you are willing
Lord Jesus, If you are willing

 

Daily Spirit & Word. 437:

“Lord Jesus, if You are willing, You can make me clean”

“I AM willing, Be clean” said Jesus.

Good morning my friends. What a wonderful day Tuesday was; busy but good. I preached on Sunday about helping those in any kind of need and said that sometimes when we do it, we try our best, but then it gets thrown back in our faces. That statement came true yesterday in the church, as the Foodbank Volunteers had just set up all the cups, tea, coffee and sugar, etc, all for the clients who come to the Foodbank in times of crisis. A woman came in early and because they were not ready yet, she threw a wobbly-fit, in anger and frustration she scattered the cups and everything that had been so loving set up on the floor. Then she stormed out in a huff leaving a trail of wreckage behind her. The Volunteers, at first in shock, immediately began to clear up the mess. Do you know my friends, that woman came back in to church after a few minutes, didn’t apologise, but was welcomed as if she hadn’t done anything and was counselled with love and respect by the volunteers.

Loving others is NOT easy, but there’s POWER in the Name of Jesus.
The Man With Leprosy Cleansed.

Mark 1:40-45
40 A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”
41 Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”
42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.
43 Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning:
44 “See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.”
45 Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.

Today in the Bible the focus is upon the Leper, but if we just take a look for a moment at the text in the context of the passage it comes from, we’ll see that Jesus had been praying and healing and driving out demons. He’d already had to move from village to village to preach because of the crowds. He said to his disciples something most modern Ministers would find quite strange I think. The disciples found Jesus at prayer and said; Mark 1:35-37 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”

Isn’t that awesome? “Jesus, Everyone is looking for you”. Most ministers today would be overjoyed if one day they woke up and found out that early in the morning, everybody was looking for them to be ministered to. But Jesus said something quite astounding, amazing and unusual, Mark 1:38-39 38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so that I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” 39 So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.”

Everyone is looking for you Jesus.
Les us go somewhere else to preach,
because that is why I have come.

NOW we know why Jesus told the man He’d just cleansed of Leprosy not to tell anyone about it (Mark 1:44). He knew that if the message got out, thousands more would come, they’d come from miles away, because in those days proper medical treatment was rare and many of the diseases were incurable, so in desperation the people would come, but why were they coming? They were coming to get healed, to have their needs met, but Jesus hadn’t come to be a HEALER he’d come to deliver a MESSAGE from His Father in Heaven to everyone; “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is a hand”… Yes Jesus could heal, but that was not His primary purpose in coming. Yes Jesus will heal today, but even today that’s NOT Jesus primary purpose for human beings. His primary purpose is the same today as it was back then, He came into the world to SAVE sinners.

After this account of the Leper’s cleansing, you’ll note in Mark’s Gospel that because of the man’s disobedience Jesus was thronged with people. He’d become a hindrance to Jesus primary task of Preaching the Kingdom, but notice what it was that moved Jesus to reach out and touch a Leper; “Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”

“Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”

1) Jesus was filled with COMPASSION: Jesus can feel your needs my friends. He’s the same today.
2) Jesus reached out and TOUCHED the un-touchable: It was unlawful to touch a Leper, but Jesus did it full of compassion. Can you imagine what that touch from the Saviour meant to the man, who’d probably never been touched by another human being for years? Here was the most pure person who’d ever lived, touching the unclean. My friends, no matter how un-clean you may feel in His presence today, Jesus wants to touch you too.
3) Jesus said, “I AM Willing”: He also is willing that your greatest needs be met too. Jesus is the SAME, He’s God and God does not change. He’s the SAME; “Yesterday, Today and Forever”. So He wants to meet your need.

Even though the Healing was not His primary purpose, He was so full of love, kindness and compassion that He just couldn’t walk past and not meet that man’s need. When you come to Jesus Christ and seek Him with all your heart and cry out to Him, He’s the SAME today.

Today, Jesus is in the world, through the Believers that are filled with His Holy Spirit, to SAVE sinners, that’s the PRIMARY purpose of the Church. That’s why Jesus called you and me to be SAVED and to be in His family, that’s why He’s left you here on earth, to bring as many people into the Kingdom as you can whilst there is still time. BUT, although that is Jesus Primary Purpose and Ours too, we are also filled with the LOVE of God when the Holy Spirit comes into our lives and we too will be filled with Jesus other attributes; Compassion, Kindness, LOVE etc… We’ll not walk past someone in need without doing something about it, just like Jesus.

That woman who came into the Foodbank was a hindrance to the work, but she was still met with real COMPASSION and I’m certain the POWER of God was present to meed her needs. We will find things difficult because of our compassion, just like Jesus ministry was hindered and He couldn’t Preach as He wanted to because the people were coming for different reasons other than an awareness of their need of Holiness and God’s grace and mercy, but we too will find His grace is sufficient for all our needs as we seek to serve Him in this world today.

Let’s get filled with Jesus Compassion: To help others.
Let’s get filled with Jesus: To touch other people’s lives for Him.
Let’s get filled with Jesus: So we can say as He did, “I AM WILLING”.

Have a wonderful Ash Wednesday my friends,
Come and join us tonight if you can.
Don.

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Jesus Filled With Compassion.