Christ has compassion for our daily needs.

Christ has compassion for our daily needs.

Read Mark 8:1-10

"I feel compassion for the people because they have remained with me now three days and have nothing to eat."

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one who knew the pain of suffering for his faith, wrote, "We must learn to regard people less in light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer."

The word compassion comes from a word that refers to the inward body parts of the body. In classical Greek, the word referred to the more valuable parts of the heart, lungs, and liver, etc., of an animal. Because of its close association with the inward parts of our physical body, it became associated with the individual's inner emotional being. Just as we refer to our "heart" to refer to the inward emotional part of our identity, they would use this word. It became a natural expression of the depths of our compassion. When we feel compassion for others, we feel it at a gut level. When we are moved firmly with emotions, especially because of the weight of our feelings of pain for what they are going through, it causes us to feel physical pain in our gut. When someone we love experiences a great hardship, we feel their pain. Our "stomach becomes tied up in knots." This profound effect on our inner being gives expression to our sympathy and compassion for others.

When Christ says that he "feels compassion for the people," he states that he is so deeply concerned about them that he feels it at a gut level. The picture presented is that the God of the universe is inwardly moved because of his intense concern for the wellbeing of his people.

We often view God as someone distant and indifferent, one who offers salvation and remains detached. We see God like we might consider our medical Doctor, who has learned to stay emotionally detached as they deliver a devastating prognosis. Like our Doctor, God is caring and concerned but somewhat remote and unmoved emotionally from our circumstances.

In this word that the writer used to express Christ's concern, they present a different picture. Instead of being detached, Christ is thoroughly engaged. He is more like our spouse or closest friend, who, when they hear of our devastating medical prognosis, feel like someone "hit them in the gut." Christ is physically moved by the plight of the people.

Christ's concern and compassion for us go to the very core of our life. He is not just concerned and caring about our eternal salvation; he is deeply concerned about the day-to-day issues we face in life, even when we are hungry and without food. Christ even cares about our physical needs. He is moved with compassion when we are facing physical struggles in life. He is in tune with our daily needs.

When you encounter situations in the day that cause you to be disjointed, discouraged, or even feel physically or emotionally threatened, know that Christ profoundly cares for you. It is deep concern that motivates him to invite us to pray to Him for all things and every situation. Nothing is too big for God's power to overcome, nor too small to escape his loving concern for your wellbeing.

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