March 20, 2012
Lenten Obedience, Easter Joy
Lenten Devotional Day 28
|Mark 8:1-10 (NIV)|
those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat,
Jesus called his disciples to him and said, "I have compassion for
these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing
to eat. If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way,
because some of them have come a long distance." His disciples answered,
"But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed
them?" "How many loaves do you have?" Jesus asked. "Seven," they
replied. He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken
the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his
disciples to distribute to the people, and they did so. They had a few
small fish as
well; he gave thanks for them also and told the
disciples to distribute them. The people ate and were satisfied.
Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that
were left over. About four thousand were present. After he had sent
them away, he got into
the boat with his disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha.
"Compassion for the Lost"
Tom & Penny Hengesbach
"He was moved with compassion." -Matthew 9:36
sent His only Son to save us from our sins. Mark 8:1-10 describes how
Jesus fed the 4000 people with just 7 loaves of bread and small fish
because of His compassion for the people who would have had to travel
back to their homes with no food. This passage reminds us of the
compassion Jesus has for all of us and how He died on the cross for our
sins. Jesus' love and compassion for us is the reason He came down from
heaven, only to be crucified by the people He cared so much about. His
rising from the dead reminds us that He has taken His seat at the right
hand of the Father to help us all become better Christians and that we
need to try to become like Him and show compassion on others even though
they may have harmed us in any way.
On a more personal note, my
spiritual life has always centered around music. My dad was blessed with
a wonderful voice. He woke up singing and apparently passed that onto
the next generation in the voice of our daughter Hannah. Our family lost
my dad in February of 2006, and since we didn't officially get to say
goodbye to him on that day, we had the song "Go Rest High on the
Mountain" by Vince Gill played on the video at his funeral. Some of you
country folk may know this song as well as we do. Losing someone close
to you is never easy, but I believe God helps heal all wounds in His own
Because of God's compassion for the lost, Christ rose from the dead and is coming back again.
Go rest high on that mountain
Son, your work on earth is done
Go to heaven a-shoutin'
Love for the Father and the Son.
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