Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Friday, June 6, 2014

The third statement from the cross is found in JOH 19:26 and 27 and it deals with the word compassion.

LUK 2:34  And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this {Child} is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed‑‑

LUK 2:35  and a sword will pierce even your own soul‑‑ to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

The second woman was the wife of Cleophas who was Mary’s sister-in-law. The third was Mary Magdalene.

The fourth woman was the mother of John and her name was Mary.

Each one of them was named Mary because the name means bitterness.

Joseph, her husband, was dead, and TLJC had supported her, and and now that He was dying what would become of her?

He saw her standing by, and knew her cares and griefs; and He saw John standing nearby, and therefore He confirmed a new relationship between His mother and the apostle John.

The point that I want you to focus in on is once again the affection and care that the Lord showed others while going through the tremendous suffering of the cross.

GAL 6:5  For each one shall bear his own load.

The Lord didn’t have any money to leave her, no estate, not even His clothes which the soldiers had seized.

He calls her woman, not mother, not out of any disrespect to her, but because mother would have brought in some of the heretical doctrine that we have around today, such as Mary being called the mother of God.

Sometimes, when God removes one comfort from us, He replaces it with another for us.

1SA 22:3   And David went from there to Mizpah of Moab; and he said to the king of Moab, “Please let my father and my mother come and stay with you until I know what God will do for me.”

This was actually a blessing to John because it is a great honor to be utilized by Christ, and to be entrusted with any of that which is His interest in the world.

We should admire Mary’s marvelous fortitude and courage.   She didn’t fall or faint, she just stood by the cross.

Here is our Lord, occupied with the most strenuous work ever done, not only on earth but in the entire universe.

Even at such a time, TLJC did not consider natural ties as unworthy of recognition.

To the very end He showed Himself both the perfect Son of God and the per­fect Son of man.

He had “honored” His parents (Luke 2:52), and He does so now on the cross.

First, He had prayed for His enemies; then He had spoken the words of salvation and assurance to the thief; now He ad­dresses His mother.

2CO 5:16  Therefore from now on we recognize no man according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know   Him thus no longer.

MAT 26:56 “Then all the disciples left Him and fled.

MAT 26:31 “You will all fall away because of Me this night, for it is written, ‘I will strike down the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered.’

Many believe that the reason why it says from that hour is because our Lord had wanted John to take her from the cross and what was about to happen.

He makes arrangements so that she would not witness the awful darkness, hear His cry of agony, or be present when He died.

Compassion is defined as a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another’s suffering or misfortune accompanied by a desire to alleviate the pain and remove its cause.

The Lord is compassionate toward His people and expects them to be compassionate toward others, 1KI 8:50.

Your attitude of compassion should always aspire to an unbeliever becoming saved and a believer restored to fellowship.

LAM 3:22-23,  The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness.

JUD 1:21-22, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. And of some, have compassion, making a difference.

There have been remarkable technological advances in science, medicine and communication.

In most of these situations, people resort to sublimation and attempt to fill their emptiness with such things as alcohol, drugs, sex, hobbies, money, etc.

Sympathy is feeling sorry for someone, empathy is feeling what he’s going through, but compassion is doing something about his need.

GEN 2:18  Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.”

One of the definitions of the word ezer translated helper means “to surround with care.
JUD 1:22  “Some have compassion making a difference.”
Knowledge is important as HOS 4:6a affirms, “My people are de­stroyed for lack of knowledge.”

ECC 4:9  Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.

ECC 4:10  For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.

Lim­ited by his own self-consciousness, he stum­bles and struggles.

GAL 6:2  Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.

ROM 12:8  he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

LAM 3:22-23, “The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning;
Great is Thy faithfulness.”

PSA 23:6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

There are 26 verses in Psa 136, and each one ends with the phrase, “for His lovingkindnesses or mercies en­dure forever.”

The last part MIC 7:18 says that God delights in unchanging love.

JAM 2:13  For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.

The word for “triumphs” is the pres-act-ind of katakauchaomai which means that mercy holds a more excellent posi­tion than judgment.

Mercy reigned in our Lord’s heart in LUK 19:41-42, when He looked down at Jerusalem and wept.
God delights in forgiving, edifying and rec­onciling.
LUK 18:13 “But the tax‑gatherer, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!”
Spirituality is not measured by how well someone exposes another in his sin, but by how well he restores his fellow believer.
GAL 6:1  Brethren, even if a man is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, lest you too be tempted.
GAL 6:2  Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.
In MAT 14:14  And when He went ashore, He saw a great multitude, and felt compassion for them, and healed their sick.
In LUK 10:33-36, there is the parable of the Good Samaritan.
LUK 10:33 “But a certain Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion,
Those who have made mistakes will be changed, not by judgment or condemnation, but through the love of God expressed in compassion.
The compassionate believer considers every need equally important.  He is available to be all things to all people, 1CO 9:22.
Count­ing every opportunity to minister as sacred, he serves in faith, showing patience toward all men, 1TH 5:14.
1PE 3:8  To sum up, let all be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit;
1PE 3:9  not returning evil for evil, or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.
Because of compassion God forgives sin, PSA 78:38.
LUK 15:20 “his father saw him, and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him, and kissed him.”
MAT 9:13 “But go and learn what {this} means, ‘I desire compassion, and not sacrifice,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
MAT 12:7 “But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire compassion, and not a sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.

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