Has the gospel filled you with compassion?
Matthew and Luke’s gospels began with great expectations. They presented us with the births of John the Baptist and Jesus Christ, with hopes of what was to come with their lives. Well, Mark’s gospel begins more than 30 years later with both of these men fulfilling their God-given calling. No longer was this a hope anticipated, but it is now a hope fulfilled as Jesus preaches, “the kingdom of God is at hand!”
The opening to Mark’s gospel finds John the Baptist in the wilderness baptizing people while preaching a gospel of repentance. He proved to be the Elijah that was to come and prepared the way for the great day of the Lord.
Then we find Jesus coming on the scene and totally blowing peoples’ minds at the beginning of his ministry. Not only does he call unqualified men to be his disciples, but he teaches in the synagogue with such power and conviction, something the masses had never seen before. He also puts the power of God on display as he heals the sick and casts out demons. There was no doubt that Jesus was and is the Messiah.
The most beautiful thing about what we see in Jesus’ ministry is his compassion. He had a heart for those who needed God’s love the most. The people he healed were the outcasts and downtrodden of society, the ones that the religious elite wanted nothing to do with. Yet, here we find Jesus touching them and making them whole.
Today, as you read Mark 1, meditate on the gospel and Jesus’ compassion. How does Jesus’ ministry motivate you to show compassion toward others?