2021 THEME: Life on the Edge
Series: Eyes Wide Open
TITLE: Eyes of Compassion
Scripture: Mark 1: 40-45; Luke 5: 12-16
I. THE CONDITION OF THE LEPER
The story of Naaman in 2 Kings 5
What exactly was leprosy?
- It was considered (living death).
- It was not just physical. It also had (spiritual overtones).
- It was referred to as (“the finger of God”) by the Jews.
- The full treatment for leprosy is found in Lev.13:38-46.
- It eventually led to (solitary confinement) and (isolation).
II. THE COMPASSION OF THE SAVIOR
See this man’s desperation is a clear light:
- He comes among people-a clear violation of (Moses’ law)
- He comes with (nothing to lose)-he’s already doomed.
- He comes after years of (isolation and being alone).
- He comes directly (to Jesus) in the midst of the crowd.
What was Jesus’ reaction? (Moved with compassion). Defined as “the act or capacity for sharing the painful feelings of another.”
Active compassion engages with the pain of another person. What did Jesus do? He (reached out and touched) the leper.
A great irony: the leper is told to tell no one and he tells everyone. We are told to tell everyone and too often tell no one.
Theme: Life on the Edge / Series: Eyes Wide Open
Title: Eyes of Steadfast Love- Mt. 27:55-56; Mark 15:40-41; John 19: 25-27