Comfort Through Compassion

NIRV-Matthew 27:47-48 Some of those standing there heard Jesus cry out. They said, "He's calling for Elijah." Right away one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar and put it on a stick. He offered it to Jesus to drink.

A stranger heard Jesus cry out. He ran to get what was on hand to offer some sort of comfort to Jesus. This in the midst of great adversity that day on the cross. Someone's heart, witnessing the scene, exploded with compassion. The urge to comfort Jesus probably came without warning or much rational thinking. The consequence could have been dyer.

This scene of the person "running" to get the wine vinegar is recorded in both Matthew and Mark. In three of the four gospels the act of giving Jesus wine vinegar was to comfort him. 

Who are you called to comfort? How will you comfort them with what you have available on the 'scene'? Listen for the Father's call on your heart to bring comfort for someone in need. You never know what Glory that person may bring to the Kingdom of Christ Jesus in their suffering. God knows. Listen.

Dear God show each of us who we can comfort. Show me how. Show me now. Let me run to them with what You have given me!

Stacy (MO)