Moved With Compassion – 6/14/17 PM

Moved With Compassion

Matthew 9:35-38

Intro: For several days now I have been travelling all over Baltimore.  During the filming process, we have been in some of the most unimaginable places.  We have visited alleys, warehouses, bridges, and streets where the most depraved and ungodly behavior has taken place. We have seen the traces and scars of sin and its effect on the people of this city.  As Brother Garraway and I have prayed and labored on this short evangelistic film about a homeless veteran plagued by anger, addictions and suicidal thoughts, my heart has been moved with compassion over the needs of so many people.

My mind went to these verses as I prayed and prepared for the service tonight.

  • Matthew 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted. and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.


I. The Condition of the Multitudes

  • Every sickness and every disease – speaks of physical sickness, pain, hurt, sorrow
  • Fainted – speaks of weakness and exhaustion
  • Scattered abroad – no direction, no moral compass, no place to belong
  • As sheep having no shepherd – no one in their life to love them; care for them, intervene


This wasn’t just a few random cases; isolated incidents.

The Bible describes them as “the multitudes”. Not “a multitude”, but “the multitudes” plural


II. The Compassion of the Master


A. It was a result of His Location – traveling about all the cities and villages …in their synagogues

The first step to having compassion is we must go to where the sinners are!


Notice the words of this song:

How can we reach a world we never touch?

How can we show them Christ

If we never show them love?

Just to say we care will never be enough

How can we reach a world we never touch?


The words to the bridge says:

We hide behind these walls

And the security of friends

While beyond the stained glass windows

The world is lost in sin


B. It was a result of his Lifestyle – he was always busy teaching, preaching, healing; not a casual observer

Helping hurting people wasn’t a part-time or random act.

Jesus lived to minister.

  • Mark 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister…


C. It was a result of his Love – not a chore, or a duty; but Jesus had deep emotional motivation; He was moved

The Bible described Jesus’ reaction as “he was moved with compassion”.

He wasn’t repulsed, He wasn’t angered, He wasn’t frustrated; He was MOVED WITH COMPASSION.

  • Mark 1:40 And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.

QUESTION: What moves you?


III. The Crisis of the Momentvs. 37 The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;

A. His Recognition of the Potentialthe harvest is plenteous

Jesus saw only the enormous possibilities of a huge and plenteous harvest.

  • Imagine if all “the multitudes” were to be saved?
  • Imagine how full our churches would be?
  • Imagine how much money we could send to the mission field?
  • Imagine how many bus workers we could have?
  • Imagine how many more preachers and teachers we could have?

Jesus saw a potential harvest when he saw those hurting people.


B. His Rebuke of the Passivenessbut the labourers are few

You can sense the attitude of Jesus as He looks around and sees so few people helping meet the need.

He has been traveling all over, teaching, preaching, healing.

His heart is heavy; he has been moved with compassion.

He looks and sees so much potential for harvest and salvation, and notices just how few people are helping.


C. His Request for Participantspray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest

Jesus only had one prayer request, outside of his many requests in John 17.

One thing is for sure – if you’re praying for workers, you’re one step closer to volunteering!!