Sunday, February 11, 2007
Have you got an upset tummy? Maybe a good reason.
"He had compassion on them." Matthew 14:14 NIV
"The Greek word for compassion is splanchnizomai....
"Splanchnology" is a study of ... the gut. When Matthew writes that Jesus had compassion on the people, he is not saying that Jesus felt casual pity for them....
Matthew is saying that Jesus felt their hurt in his gut;
He felt the limp of the crippled.
He felt the hurt of the diseased.
He felt the loneliness of the leper.
He felt the embarassment of the sinful.
And once he felt their hurts, he couldn't help but heal their hurts."