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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | June 8, 2019

HEART

Mark 14:1-36

And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the Passover with My disciples? (14:14).

A Call To Compassion

One time I read a book about a first-century philosopher, Marius the Epicurean. He was described as sitting high up in the Roman Coliseum watching gladiatorial combat in the arena. History records that the arena of the Coliseum was covered with sand so that when the gladiators slew each other and the blood poured out, they could rake over the sand or bring in fresh sand without interrupting the bloody combat. As Marius watched those bloody combats, he turned to his companion and said, “What is needed is the heart that would make it impossible to look upon such bloodthirsty combat. The future would belong to the power that could create such a heart.”

It was the preaching of the gospel that closed forever that Coliseum. It was the preaching of the gospel that forever did away with those bloody gladiatorial confrontations. It was the preaching of the gospel that forever did away with the execution by crucifixion of a malefactor. It was the preaching of the gospel that forever did away with human slavery. It was the preaching of the gospel that forever did away with the exposing of children. It was the preaching of the gospel that elevated and raised womanhood and family life. It was the preaching of the gospel that brought ministries to the poor, to the suffering. There was not a hospital in the entire Roman Empire. There was not an orphan’s home in all of the history of the Greco-Roman people. It was the compassionate love, it was the caring heart of the Christian witness that elevated the world into another sphere, another life, another devotion.

It is that same compassionate concern on the part of God’s people that is so desperately needed today, and our conversion is our call into that compassionate concern. We are to be witnesses to the lost [Matthew 28:19-20].

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