Luke 7:13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep."
The word for today is compassion. Compassion is an act of love, that sees someone who is hurting and seeks to help them in their need. The difference between compassion and pity is that pity is often just an emotion, I feel sorry for them – often after a storm, there are many people driving around and looking at the damage, the people cleaning up really don’t care to see them, they don’t want the pity – but compassion is seeing the people in need, and stopping and offering help, even if all you can do is pick up twigs and sticks. One of the faces of compassion, is the ones that shows mercy. Mercy is the undeserved help that is given in love.
Jesus shows compassion, which is not saying to the woman, do not weep. Compassion is taking away the reason for weeping, and Jesus does this by raising the dead son to life. Why did Jesus do this? We don’t know; except that if a widow lost her only son – who would be there to provide for her needs? Perhaps Jesus was thinking ahead, to his own death, and how his mother would feel, and yet – compassion is the reason why the hungry are feed, the demons are cast out and the sick are healed.
We know that the wages of sin are death, and with sin come sickness, suffering, pain and anguish – It is important to remember that none of these were part of God plan for creation, they are the result of sin. We know that it pains God to see the corruption of His creation, and we know that God’s love moved him to send his son to redeem mankind, to make them a new creation, so that they might have a part when this heaven and earth come to an end, and the new creation appears.
Psalm 78:38 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.
Psalm 145:8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
Hosea 11:4 I led them with cords of compassion, with the bands of love, and I became to them as one, who eases the yoke on their jaws, and I bent down to them and fed them.
Isaiah 49:13 Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the LORD has comforted his people, and will have compassion on his afflicted.
Luke 15:20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
It is a great comfort that our God is full of compassion, it is why when God calls us to come to him, this is good news – for when we come we receive, grace, mercy, peace, comfort, the forgiveness of sins and everlasting love.