“And he (Jesus) saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace. And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other. “ – Mark 3:4-5
I don’t know about you but the last thing I want to see in this life, or the next, is Jesus looking at me with anger. Yet in this passage He looked upon them all with anger because of the hardness of their hearts. Here was Jesus doing God’s work in God’s house on God’s day. He was healing a sick, broken, and wounded man with compassion, care, and patience. Yet the Pharisees were not pleased. Why? Their official complaint was that Jesus healed and therefor worked on the Sabbath, but this was a hypocritical accusation for they themselves did much work in the temples on the Sabbath. Truth be known they didn’t even want the sick, broken, and wounded around them or in their temple. They thought themselves to be better then them. They cared more about themselves then those who needed their help. They didn’t want to loose their perceived pomp, position, or authority over the justified to a God who focused His efforts on ministering to the unjustified, the lost, and the hurting that He might heal them body, mind, and soul.
“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” – Philippians 2:3-5
“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” – Romans 12:3
Jesus saw that these pharisees had no compassion for the lost. They thought only of themselves and what was best for them, and the hardness of their hearts angered Jesus, who Himself was always move to help others by compassion.
“And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.” -Matthew 14:14
Besides looking upon the hard hearted with anger, the passage states that Jesus was grieved by it, meaning that their lack of compassion literally hurt His heart to sorrow. You see, while God never condones being in constant continual everyday fellowship (or relationship) with darkness… (“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” – 2 Corinthians 6:14 ) …He does expect us to love them, pray for them, minister to them when He tells us to and provides the opportunity, and point them to God and the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Above all, understand that God’s house is meant to be a fire that draws the lost and wounded in, and burns away their bonds. Not a walled city meant to house the already perfect. Jesus Himself makes it very clear that the church was never meant to be a social club for the saved, but rather a hospital for those sick with sin needing a divine appointment. So make it a point not to allow yourself to become hard hearted toward the lost, the wounded, and the hurting. Instead be moved with compassion for them, as Jesus was, willing to lay down your very life for them even while they are yet sinners in hopes that they might be saved. Let us determine to be a church and a people of both passion and compassion, for this is pleasing to the Lord.
“But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” – Matthew 9:12-13