The Heart of Jesus

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See. Love. Go.

Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.     Matthew 9:36

Jesus being the great shepherd of the sheep notices the situation before Him: a flock of distressed and dispirited people. Without a moment’s hesitation He reveals His heart in three significant ways:

Jesus heart sees.

So many in this world are unseen, unheard, untouched. Jesus has none of this. When the disciples attempt to hinder the children, silence the blind man crying out, or avoid the lepers passing by, Jesus  sees, hears, touches: He welcomes and blesses them (Matthew 19:13-15, Mark 10:46-52, Luke 17:11-21).

Jesus heart loves.

Compassion comes alongside others, is well-acquainted with grief, sorrow, sin, the broken-hearted, the bound, the rejected. Jesus does not simply ‘feel’ their situation, He enters into midst of the mess. The Word becomes flesh and makes His dwelling among us. Jesus is labeled as the friend of drunkards and tax collectors precisely because He was fond of and found with them (Matthew 9:9-13, 21:31-32; Luke 7:34).

Jesus heart sends.

Jesus is sent by the Father into the world He so loves. He informs His disciples about the situation at hand — a field ripe for harvest — and commands them to pray for workers. Seemingly with His very next breath He informs them that they are the workers and sends them into the world to extend His love through their very lives. No God at a distance, but a God who goes to great lengths to be among us, in the very fields, and with the very ones He has come to save.

We are the seen, loved, and sent.

We are the body of Christ: filled with the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit to extend the kingdom of heaven into the world as we go. We are the ones whom Jesus sees, loves, and then sends to do likewise — freely we have received, freely we give.

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling

(Ephesians 1:18a)

Father God, You have filled us with Your Holy Spirit. May we trust You to empower us with the heart of Jesus, alert to the lives of those around us who are so precious to You. May we be of good courage as we walk in the midst of the mess a mess of which we are often part and may all that we do be done in love, the same love with which Jesus first loved us. Seen, loved, and send, may we see, love, and go in Jesus name!

Pastor Jon