The Compassion Of Jesus

Weekly Ministry Tip #6 Spring 2014

The Compassion Of Jesus

It is always meaningful to study many of the events in the life of Christ and you realize that there is often more meaning than what meets the eye. Read Luke 5:12-15;

12 While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy. And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 13 And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him. 14 And he charged him to tell no one, but “go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” 15 But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities.

The man did not have just a few spots but he was full of leprosy. You can tell that this leper was at the point of desperation. Somehow we might project that this man heard about the healings Jesus performed. He left his isolation, shame, and despair and went into town (where he should not be) and went straight to Jesus. You see in verse 13 that he fell on his face and begged Jesus for healing.

Jesus then did the unthinkable – He touched a leper which was forbidden in the law of Moses because He would in effect be making Himself ceremonially unclean. Jesus, being the Son of God, is the source of cleansing, both inside and out. He told the leper, “be clean.” At His word, the leper’s skin was perfectly healed and he was whole again.

Jesus has compassion for all people. Jesus is perfect love, grace, and mercy. He healed the leper, cast out demons, brought the dead to life, and made the lame to walk. We serve a wonderful Savior.

Building Closer Relationships

One of the joys you have is working with your disciples to help them become followers of Christ and train them to share the Gospel in your ministry situation. Think about building close relationship with everyone in your ministry or Bible study group. Check out these ideas toward developing closer relationships and building community.

The Art Of Delegation

Another important aspect of ministry is giving it away to your disciples. Give them a chance to lead, take on responsibility, and learn to become a leader. One of our goals is building multiplying disciples. Here is an excellent perspective on delegation that may give you some good ideas as you consider this practice of delegation.

Talk to you next week,

Ben Rivera
Orlando, FL

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