Jesus Offers Compassion in the Midst of Judgment
And another angel followed, saying, "Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication." Then a third angel[said] with a loud voice, "If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he . . . shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God. . . . He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone. . . . And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night."
-Revelation 14:8-11, emphasis added
The passage above starts the second half of this chapter, in which we are confronted with what happens to those who exist without Jesus--eternal judgment and condemnation. But before I discuss the elements of doom that unbelievers will face, I want to further develop the first half of this fourteenth chapter, in which we see a revelation of Christ's wonderful compassion.
In Revelation 14:1-7, we see Him standing with His servants trying to save those who will come to Him and listen to Him. The most often-noted emotion of Christ's ministry was His compassion. Jesus was shown to be "moved with compassion" no less than thirteen times. (We all need a good dose of His compassion!) A great student of the life and ministry of Christ, the apostle Paul, said his ministry was motivated by Christ's love. What did the compassion of Jesus look like? Let's briefly examine the top ten groups of people who move Him to compassion:
1. Christ's compassion is for the confused:He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd (Matthew 9:36; see also Mark 6:34).
2. Christ's compassion is for the sick and suffering:He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick (Matthew 14:14).
3. Christ's compassion is for the weak:"I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way" (Matthew 15:32).
4. Christ's compassion is for the desperate:"Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt" (Matthew 18:27).
5. Christ's compassion is for the persistent:So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him (Matthew 20:34).
6. Christ's compassion is for the helpless:Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, "I am willing; be cleansed" (Mark 1:41; see also Mark 9:22).
7. Christ's compassion is for the hopeless:Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, "Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you" (Mark 5:19).
8. Christ's compassion is for the bereaved:When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep" (Luke 7:13).
9. Christ's compassion is for the misfortunate:"But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion" (Luke 10:33).
10. Christ's compassion is for the repentant:"But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him" (Luke 15:20).
Jesus was moved with compassion for the confused, the sick and suffering, the weak, the desperate, the persistent, the helpless, the hopeless, the bereaved, the misfortunate, and the repentant!
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