Tuesday Tea-ology is here, about the grace and compassion of God.
Righteous and Holy God, you are worthy of all adoration and praise. Wise and Powerful King, you are worthy of all wonder and awe. Gracious and Merciful Father, you are worthy of all thanks and love. Be praised in your holy majesty; be worshipped in your awesome might; be adored in your wonderful compassion; be glorified, Glorious God. Bless me tonight with thoughts of your worthiness—Amen.
Savior, let me walk in your footsteps today. You came into our world of misery and brought healing and hope; let me be a messenger of hope to the hopeless, and an instrument of healing to those who suffer. Give me compassion, as you have poured out your compassion on me, and energy for all that lies before me. And help me not to act on my own strength, but to do all things in reliance on your mighty power, God Most High.
I praise you with the light of morning, God who sent light into our darkened world. The Son of God is given, a Savior for mankind! Teach me the lesson of Christmas, wonderful Christ; teach me of love that reaches to the absolute depths, of power that brings the Son of God into the virgin’s womb, of gentleness that overthrows the powers of the world, of holiness incorruptible. Be forever praised, God our Savior.
“For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10, NIV).
These words are spoken by Jesus after He pronounces the salvation of a greedy tax collector who repented of his ways. A miserly government stooge is just the kind of person that people love to hate; but God has compassion on them, just as He has upon the poor. The greedy, too, are lost. Christ came to save them.
In all of our disagreements and our (often legitimate) criticisms over social issues, we must never forget the compassion of Christ, the compassion we are to carry if we would be Christlike. Jesus came to save the poor and needy; He also came to save the rich and greedy. He came to save the lost. The gospel is offered to all people: repent and believe. Repentance will look different for different people–for Zacchaeus, it involved giving away (and giving back) a large amount of money. But the core is the same: repent and believe, and receive the gift of eternal life from the crucified and risen Savior.
He came to seek and save the lost.
The story of the triumphal entry into Jerusalem begins holy week with such joy; yet the message of Christ’s love and compassion is only magnified by our understanding of what He entered Jerusalem to do for our salvation.
The King of Kings came into Jerusalem not on a warhorse, but on a donkey’s colt. This was a deliberate gesture by Jesus, symbolic of His gentleness and compassion. Matthew the evangelist recognized that Christ’s coming in this way to the city fulfilled the prophecy of Zechariah, “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey'” (Matt. 21:5, NIV).
Here is the compassion of the Lord of all things. He comes to us not with a flaming sword of wrath, but humbly and gently, bearing His message of grace. He comes to bear Himself our sins upon the cross. And there He will triumph, conquering Satan, sin, and death.
The crowds acted better than they knew to greet Him with the cry “Hosanna!” ‘God, save!’ is what it means; and here came God their Savior, our God and Savior, to save us from our sins.
Hosanna! Blessed is our Lord and King!
“The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” (James 5:11, NIV)
How badly we need these words.
God is compassionate. God has mercy on those who cry out to Him.
Do you know this? Do you believe it? God is full of compassion and mercy. When your spirits are low and your heart is afraid, when you suffer and struggle, run to Him. He does not turn away the hurting, or reject those who cry out to Him.
Seek the Lord when you are in need. His depths of compassion are unfathomable, His breadth of mercy immeasurable. God is kind and gentle. God is love.
May God be your comfort and peace in every trouble.