The Caring Son of God

One of the Stoics’ original ideas of God was a being of complete apathy.

To them, God cared about no one and nothing. William Barclay described Stoic philosophy in the First Century by writing, “No one can be greater than God; therefore no one can influence God; therefore, in the nature of things, God must be incapable of feeling.”[1]

Jesus was compassionate. He wept at the grave of his friend Lazarus (John 11:35). He felt compassion for the hungry multitude of people with him (Matthew 9:36). He showed great feeling for a leper — a person everyone avoided, and many hated — yet a person Jesus loved and healed (Mark 1:40-42).

Probably Jesus’ most well-known demonstration of compassion was his death by crucifixion. Again, this defining moment of the God-man Jesus is precisely the opposite of the thinking of many people.

Most people are concerned with preserving life for as long as possible. Jesus freely gave his life for all of us (Matthew 20:28). At the time of death, many would want others to remember their accomplishments. Jesus bowed his head and said, “Father, into your hands, I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46).

All of Jesus’ life on earth he lived to help and save others, even the ones who wouldn’t consider giving their lives for anyone else.

The Lord Christ cares about you. He created you and gave you an eternal spirit. He wants to save you, and he wants you to live with him for all eternity. All he asks is that you obey him (John 15:10). Give him your life today.

[1] William Barclay, “The New Daily Study Bible, The Gospel of Luke, Westminster/John Knox Press, pp. 104

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