HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36).
What can move the heart of God? One main thing that will touch God is the feelings of our infirmities. If that doesn’t move you to sympathize with someone, let me tell you today that it will move the hand of God. Touched by the feelings of our infirmities, yes, He is moved with compassion.
He is able to be “touched with the feeling of our infirmities.” The word “touched” expresses a great deal. It means that our troubles are His troubles and that in all our afflictions He is afflicted. It is not a sympathy of sentiment, but sympathy for suffering.
There is much help in this for the tired heart. It is the foundation of His Priesthood, and God meant that it should be to us a source of unceasing consolation.
Let us realize, more fully, our oneness with our Great High Priest, and cast all our burdens on His great heart of love. If we know what it is to ache in every nerve with the responsive pain of our suffering child, we can form some idea of how our sorrows touch His heart and thrill His exalted frame.
As the mother feels her baby’s pain, as the heart of friendship echoes every cry from another’s woe, so in heaven, our exalted Saviour, even amid the raptures of that happy world, is suffering in His Spirit and even in His flesh with all His children bear. “Seeing then we have such a great high Priest, let us come boldly to the throne of grace,” and let us come to our great High Priest.