Monday, May 25, 2020

Moved with Compassion

Then Jesus, moved with compassion, 
stretched out His hand and touched him, 
and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”

(Mark 1:41, NKJV)

This is one of the most impressive and beautiful scenes in the New Testament I'm thinking of this morning. -- The sermon I listened to yesterday was based on Matthew 8:1-4, and I'm also reminded of the description in Mark 1.

I often identify myself with this man, who has felt isolated for a long time, and I am deeply moved by the phrase, "moved with compassion." Reading the passage in Greek, this expression seems to evoke something more poignant.

καὶ σπλαγχνισθεὶς 
ἐκτείνας τὴν χεῖρα αὐτοῦ ἥψατο 
καὶ λέγει αὐτῷ θέλω καθαρίσθητι

σπλαγχνισθεὶς < σπλαγχνίζομαι: 

to have the bowels yearn, 
i.e. (figuratively) feel sympathy, to pity:—
have (be moved with) compassion.

σπλαγχνίζομαι (splagchnizomai)-- What a powerful word!

This strong, and deep compassion of Jesus, makes me clean from the filth of my selfishness.

He says to me, "θέλω καθαρίσθητι (Be clean.)"

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