Thomas Watson (1620-1686) a Puritan preacher and author wrote about Christ:
Christ is the most tender-hearted physician. He hath ended his passion but not his compassion. He is not more full of skill than sympathy, ‘He healed the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds’ (Psalm 147:3). Every groan of the patient goes to the heart of the physician.
HT: Puritanism Today
Going throughout the cities and villages of Galilee crowds followed Him. The Gospel of Matthew tells us that we he looked upon the crowds, “he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd,” (Matthew 9:36, ESV).
He looked beyond the facades that people would put up. He could see past the walls and defenses people would put up to hide who they really were. He saw. He knew. He had compassion. He sees our sin, our brokenness, our pain, our shame and He loves us anyway. Consider what the Apostle Paul said.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person – though perhaps for a good reason one would dare to die – but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us, (Romans 5:6-8, ESV).
Amen and amen. He ended His passion, but His compassion will never end.
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