a compassion for souls
1. A COMPASSION FOR SOULS
2. Matthew 9:36-38 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.“
3. COMPASSION FOR SOULS A.Psalm 142:4 Look on my right hand and see, For there is no one who acknowledges me; Refuge has failed me; No one cares for my soul. B.There are literally millions who live in this world with no one to care about them, pray for them, or tell them about Jesus. C.Jesus is talking about people like this in Mat. 9:36-38 He had compassion on them. D.Sadly, there are many Christians who are saved, hell proof, heaven bound, who do not care about the souls of the lost.
4. COMPASSION FOR SOULS E. What a contrast with the Lord Jesus Christ! It was His passion for souls that brought Him from Heaven to earth, that motivated His every waking activity, Luke 19:10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." F. It was this compassion for souls that propelled Him to an old rugged cross where He gave His life to save the lost sinner, Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." G. Jesus saw four elements that caused Him to be moved with compassion on these lost ones.
5. I. JESUS SAW THEIR DEPRAVITY IN SIN – WEARY - v. 36 A. Jesus wasn’t referring to physical weariness! He intended a deeper meaning! Psalm 38:4 For my iniquities have gone over my head; Like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me. B. He was moved with compassion because these people were lost under a burdensome load of sin. Hebrews 12:1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
6. I. JESUS SAW THEIR DEPRAVITY IN SIN – WEARY - v. 36 C.Notice the sins of the world! We are surrounded by men and women who are capable of absolutely anything you can imagine! (Ill. David and Bathsheba. Ill. Simon Peter; Ill. Judas Iscariot; Ill. You!) (Ill. Some may say, "Not me!" Beware – 1 Cor. 10:12. D.These depraved people need to be reached by a compassionate Christian soul winner!
7. II. JESUS SAW THEIR DEPARTURE FROM GOD – SCATTERED - v. 36 A. They were "scattered abroad" like sheep scattered from the shepherd B. Outside the fold. (No company or fellowship) C. Away from the Good Shepherd (No guidance or protection) D. Away from home (No comfort or rest) E. Apart from where they ought to have been – Ephesians 2:12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
8. II. JESUS SAW THEIR DEPARTURE FROM GOD – SCATTERED - v. 36 F. Christians need to understand that this world is away from God! G. The Good Shepherd seeks sheep like these. Luke 15:4-7 "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety- nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!' 7 I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.
9. III. JESUS SAW THEIR DESTINY IN HELL A. He could see the end
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