Philippians 2:10-11 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (NKJV) (NKJV)
Why? Because only through and by Christ can hope of eternal life be obtained (Acts 4.12). So no matter WHAT else happens, the totality of every other event in your life is insignificant compared to your response to the carpenter from Galilee – Jesus Christ.
It is both awesome and humbling that no matter how much or how long we try to know the depths of the sweetness of The Name, we will never scratch more than a surface understanding of it. The name of Jesus represents so vast a richness, so great a meaning, so deep a reality, so intricate an involvement with our existence… that it is as essential to the single thought of a individual (Matt 6.28-34) as it is essential in the sustaining the entire universe (Col 1.7).
The Most Understanding & Compassionate Name I Know
Isaiah 40:11 He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, And carry them in His bosom, And gently lead those who are with young. (NKJV)
Hebrews 4:15-16 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (NKJV)
One of the most often described emotions of Christ is His compassion. While His perfect compassion no doubt flowed from the Divine nature, it was Christ’s human nature that allows us to understand and trust His ability to be empathic, understanding and compassionate towards mankind. Jesus was tempted in ALL ways, just as we are, and yet He never sinned. So our Lord understands our temptation, our sin, our hurts, our needs, our struggles not just from a sense of “perfect knowledge” but from real, tangible human experience.
It would be sufficient, indeed extraordinary, to just have a Savior who rescued us from eternal death. But to have a Savior who has lived our life, dreamed our dreams, felt our hurts, faced our temptations and experienced our disappointments… allows us to have a Savior who we can truly embrace and trust.
Jesus Cares When We are Tired and Lost
Matthew 9:36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. (NKJV)
When you are weary, tired and struggling to go on, Jesus is “moved with compassion”. When you feel like you have lost your way and not sure where you are heading in life, Jesus cares. Jesus is the Great Shepherd. We are His sheep (John 10.3). Any good shepherd couldn’t stand by and let one of his sheep be weary and lost without caring for it. How much more will the Eternal Shepherd care for His sheep?
Jesus Cares About Our Physical Needs
Mark 8:2-3 “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And if I send them away hungry to their own houses, they will faint on the way; for some of them have come from afar.” (NKJV)
Our Lord knows that we have spiritual, emotional and physical needs. He knows that we need food, shelter and clothing. We are warned not to neglect the physical needs of our brethren, offering them a “God bless you” even while their stomach growls (James 2.15).
There are times when God’s plan is fulfilled through our lack or suffering (James 1:2-4), which may include a lack of physical provision… but generally speaking the Lord knows about, cares about and provides for our needs (even when we suffer, Jesus is supplying our most important needs.. spiritual ones):
Matthew 6:25-34 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (NKJV)
Jesus Cares When We are Hurting
Luke 7:12-13 And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” (NKJV)
Jesus knows more about our hurts than we ever will. He understands what grieves us more than we could ever imagine. Jesus himself experienced the greatest betrayal, suffering, pain and loss that a person could ever experience. He KNOWS what it means to hurt. He UNDERSTANDS how we feel when we are grieved. He CARES about our pain and loss.
Our Lord suffered willingly for us (Isa 53.5). How much greater then is His capacity to care for us when we suffer? Think about that for a moment…. if Christ loved us so much that He willingly submitted to torture and death on our behalf; how much more do you think He cares for us when our heart is broken, our lives are a mess and our tears are flowing?
Jesus cared enough to die for you.
Do you not think He now cares about
your broken heart that He
purchased with His own blood?
Jesus Cares When We Call Out in Need
Matthew 20:30-34 And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!” Then the multitude warned them that they should be quiet; but they cried out all the more, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!” So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.” So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him. (NKJV)
What earthly shepherd ignores the crying out of one of his sheep in need? How much more will our Heavenly Shepherd come to our rescue when cry out in sincere need of His help? Notice the intensity of purpose of the two blind men in this passage. Despite being warned by the entire crowd to be quiet, they recognized the source of their hope, and would not be deterred in seeking the Great Helper.
Just as the blind men were told to be quiet, you will be “hushed” by the world when you seek the mercy and help of Jesus Christ. But the faithful and persevering cry of need will be answered by Jesus who can care for you in a way that no other can.
The blind men sought the opening of their blind, physical eyes. How much greater our need to have our blind spiritual eyes opened. If the Lord will open the eyes of the physically blind, do you think He will open our infinitely more important spiritual eyes… if only we will answer His question: “What do you want Me to do for you?”.
“Lord, that our eyes may be opened.”
So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes.
And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.
The name of Jesus is the sweetest we can know because it is the most caring, compassionate, empathic and understanding Name in all creation. He not only understands perfectly because of His Divine ability to know all things perfectly (omniscience), He understands FROM EXPERIENCE because He has lived our life, faced our temptations, suffered more than we could ever even think of… and yet never sinned, never lost joy and never lost sight of His purpose (John 5.30).
Finally, the Sweetest Name We Know calls us to have the same care and compassion for each other that He shows to us:
1 Peter 3:8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; (NKJV)
As Christ cares for us, we learn how to have compassion for others. We have the perfect example and Teacher who never fails in His compassion for us. Let us learn to be the same for each other… and together we will all glorify Jesus – the Sweetest Name.
Father in Heaven, Open our eyes that we may see and declare the compassion of Your Beloved Son. We thank you for Jesus who knows our every need, understands our every weakness, and never fails to care for us perfectly and fully. In the Sweetest Name, Amen.
Contemplation: Where does your primary source of “care” come from? Your bank book? Friends? Success? Sex? Work? Wanting to be cared for is a basic human need and we all search for it in various ways. Where are you searching?
Application: It’s not a question of whether Jesus is caring for us or not; it’s a question or whether or not we are turned towards Him noticing that He does it. Jesus has compassion on us, even when we fail Him, even when we go astray (yes, there is discipline too, but that is another subject). Only those who utterly reject Christ and die in their sins have forfeited the compassion of Christ. If you are in need of compassion and tender care today, there is only one lasting source… and that is the Sweetest Name in all the heavens: Jesus Christ.
James 1:22 – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (NKJV)
- What is the most obvious Bible truth you have learned today? What change in your life needs to be made concerning this truth?
- What specific thing will you do today to begin that change?