Compassion #AtoZChallenge

This year for the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge I have chosen a single word for each letter of the alphabet. Each of these words is important in the Bible. I am including a story in each post. Links from biblical references go to Bible Gateway.
#AtoZChallenge 2021 April Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter C

Compassion is sympathetic pity or concern for the suffering of other people (according to the Paperback Oxford English Dictionary)

The Bible depicts a compassionate God.

Exodus 36:6 and 2 Kings 13:23 are just two of the many verses referring to God’s compassion.

Jesus Christ is also shown to be compassionate. The stories I have picked for this post are from Matthew’s Gospel. Matthew 14:14 and Matthew15:32 include the word compassion.

Jesus’ disciples tell how his way of showing compassion surprised them

When we heard that Jesus’ cousin, the prophet John the Baptist, had been beheaded, we had to break the news to our Master. Jesus naturally wanted time away from the crowds to grieve. We took him by boat to a remote place. However the people somehow knew where he had gone and followed us on foot. Jesus had compassion on them. He put their needs before his own, healing the sick people they had carried to him.

We were a long way from the anywhere food could be bought and it was almost evening. So we suggested to Jesus that he send the crowds away so they could get something to eat. His reply surprised us.

‘They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.’

We only had two loaves of bread and two small fish. There were thousands of people.

Jesus asked us to give him the food. He told the people to sit on the ground in rows.

Then he took the food, blessed it by giving thanks to God, broke it and gave it to us to distribute. All the crowds and all of us had plenty to eat. Five thousand men as well as women and children were all fed from two loaves and two fish.

And there was food to spare! We filled twelve baskets with the broken pieces we picked up afterwards.

Some time later we were with Jesus as he was healing people on a mountainside. The people praised God for the healing of those who were lame, blind, crippled, unable to speak or who had other infirmities. Jesus had compassion on them, because they had been with him for three days and there was nothing for them to eat. We had just seven loaves and a few small fish from the Sea of Galilee, which was not far away.

Again Jesus asked the people to sit down on the ground. He gave thanks for the food, broke it and gave it to his disciples to distribute to the people. Everyone had sufficient. There were four thousand men as well as women and children. Afterwards we filled seven baskets with the pieces left over.

The story is found in Matthew 14:13-21  and in Matthew 15:29-39


D is for death and disciples

My posts for the A to Z Challenge this year are all about the Easter Story, recorded in 4 books of the New Testament: the Gospels. Image in sidebar links to Theme Reveal post.

Image in sidebar or below post links to Theme reveal

For this year’s A to Z challenge I am highlighting some important words from the Easter story. Jesus’ death on the cross (Letter C) occurred on a Friday during the festival of Passover. The account of his death is given in all four gospels. Matthew 27 :45-50 , Mark 15:25-37Luke 23:44-46 and John 19:28-30
Passover was a time associated with the death of sacrificial lambs. The Jewish festival remembers the exodus, the time that the people of Israel escaped from slavery in Egypt. I mentioned it in my post for the Letter B.

Jesus Christ is known as the Lamb of God. He gave his life as a sacrifice for the sin of the world. The writer to the Hebrews explains the difference between Christ’s sacrifice of himself and the sacrifice of lambs for atonement. Hebrews 7 
1 John 4:10 speaks of Jesus’ sacrifice.

Jesus was known as a teacher. The people, who listened to him, were his disciples. His closest followers are sometimes referred to as the twelve disciples. Other followers were also disciples. The word comes from the same route as discipline. It is about instruction and learning. Today Christians are Jesus’ disciples.

My Theme Reveal contains links to the Easter story in the New Testament.