The Compassion of Christ

Not long ago I took my children to an Easter egg hunt at a local recreation center. Both of them started off close by and worked their way out. Every once-in-a-while Richelle looked up from her searching, she would find me in the crowd and continued hunting again reassured of my presence. Riggs on the other hand stayed focused on the task at hand. He searched under the benches, on top of the bushes and back through the bridge. I moved under the shade of a nearby canapé so I wouldn’t get sun burned, he never looked up once to see where I was.
Later, Richelle taped me on the shoulder and with her schoolmate in tow, she asked to go inside and attend the magic show with her friend’s family, I said she could. I decided to set on a bench to rest; it overlooked the creek behind the playground. The tiny waterfall danced down the smooth stones, slopping a tranquil sound. It drowned out the shouting and other kid noises that tried to disturb the mini nature scene. By this time Riggs had moved toward the play ground and found a nice picnic table to count his treasures. He opened a few eggs and popped some candy in his mouth and then pocketed the rest for later. He threw the eggshells away and saved all the plastic toys in his basket. You could tell he was proud of his hunter-gatherer efforts and was dying to show them to someone as he wore an exuberated expression. He quickly looked around as he stepped up his casual pace from a walk to a run. As I watched I waved my hand in the air so he would see me, but he did not. He ran faster in various zigzags and yelled, “MOM!” “MOM!”
I stood up from my bench and began walking toward him still waving my hand. I loudly shouted “Riggs, over here!” The waterfall was too loud and I was still not within his four-year-old view since there were several groups of people between us. For a time he headed in the opposite direction of me. The kind hand a young mother patted him on the head and then turned his shoulders in order to face my direction. A sense of relief returned to his chubby cheeked face as his eyes caught mine. He was once again found. Running toward me he shouted, “I didn’t know where you were.”
Many go through life not knowing they are lost; others recognize they are lost and frantically search, weaving in and out of unfulfilling ventures to occupy their time. “For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.”—Matthew 18:11(NASB) How do we know if we are lost? Paul tells us in Romans “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”—3:23 (NIV) that means every person that has been born since Adam’s fall are short of God’s glory through sin. If you are wondering what sin has to do with being lost, Paul later tells us “For the wages of sin is death.”—Romans 6:23a (NIV)
If the feeling of being lost is troublesome and often scary, then being found feels comforting, with a sense of relief. The good new is “We are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”—Romans 3:24(NIV) so if being lost is uncertainty in death than being found is “the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”—Romans 6:23b this gift from God that Paul refers to is “at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” –Romans 5:6(NIV)
A big question that often comes to mind is why the Lord even cares about whether we stay lost? “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?”—Luke 15:4 (NIV) you see, the compassion of Christ is his love for us, consider when, “Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people.””—Matthew 15:32a (NIV) God has a big purpose for each of us and partly, “it is in the plan that all men die once. After that, they will stand before God and be judged.” Hebrews 9:27(NLV) So let us all get in the plan that was set forth by the compassion of Christ as designed by the Heavenly Father and allow ourselves to be found, believe in Him today.

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