SAVING THE LOST WITH JESUS
TEXT: Mk. 6:34
INTRO.: Jesus Christ came to this earth to seek and save the lost. As His followers, it should be our purpose to become engaged in this work with Him as He directs our lives from His throne in heaven. Read TEXT. This passage of scripture helps us to understand that in order for us to participate in the salvation of the lost with our Lord, we must feel what He felt, see what He saw, and do what He did. What do we learn from this verse about SAVING THE LOST WITH JESUS
I. #1, it says that He “was moved with compassion for them”
A. This expresses how He felt about them. Compassion is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “a sympathetic consciousness of the condition of others with a desire to alleviate it.” The gospel accounts show us that when He was here on earth, Christ had compassion for people in various circumstances: Matt. 14:14, Jn. 11:33-35. On this occasion, Christ felt compassion because people were in a lost condition. He had a consciousness full of sympathy with a desire to do something about it. He felt sorry for them. His heart ached for them.
B. The apostle Paul also had a great compassion and concern for the lost: Acts 20:18-19, Rom. 10:1-3 (wept for the lost—prayed for the lost)
C. Do you have compassion on the lost? 2 Thess. 1:7-9—do you realize that the lost are precious souls who are out of fellowship with God and doomed to everlasting punishment because of sin unless they come in obedience to Christ and receive forgiveness of sins? We won’t save the lost with Jesus unless we first feel compassion on them because of the seriousness of their condition
II. But why did Jesus have compassion on these people, and why should we have compassion on the lost? Well, #2, this verse says that “they were as sheep not having a shepherd.”
A. One of the notable characteristics of sheep is that they have a tendency to go astray: Isa. 53:6; when Jesus came forth and saw this great multitude, He saw them as sheep not having a shepherd, as sheep who had gone astray
B. But He is the good Shepherd who came to seek the lost sheep: Lk. 15:1-7, Jn. 10:11. Without a shepherd to protect them, sheep are exposed to dangers from predators
C. This is what we need to see in the condition of people who don’t have Christ as their Shepherd; without His protection, they’re in great spiritual danger: 1 Pet. 5:8. Do we see what Christ sees? To help us save the lost with Jesus, we need to be impressed with the seriousness of the condition of those who don’t have Christ to shepherd them to safety in eternity (“Bring Them In”)
III. So, what did Jesus do, and what should we do, about this situation?
#3, “He began to teach them many things.”
A. The response that came from Jesus’s compassion and His understanding of the people’s condition was that He began to teach them. It’s significant to notice what Jesus did NOT do—He didn’t entertain them; He didn’t try to lure them with social attractions; He didn’t seek to wow them with a charismatic personality. He simply instructed them in what they needed to know. First and foremost, Jesus was a preacher: Matt. 4:17, 23 (yes, He healed people as a sign that His message was from God, but notice what is mentioned first indicating a place of greater importance—He went teaching in the synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom)
B. In addition, He sent His followers into the world to preach the gospel: Mk. 16:15-16; and that’s exactly what they did: Acts 5:41-42, 8:4
C. And that’s what He expects all Christians in every age to do: 2 Tim. 2:2. The primary thing that we can do to be like Jesus in saving the lost is to teach them the gospel as we have the opportunity. Not everyone can be a full time preacher, but each of us must do what we can according to our ability and opportunity.
CONCL.: 1 Pet. 2:2—each of us was at one time like sheep going astray, but because someone had compassion on us, saw us as lost sheep in danger, and taught us God’s word, we are now part of the Shepherd’s flock. As Christians, we need to have the same goal as our Shepherd, to seek and save those who are lost.
By Wayne Walker
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