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WHERE IS GOD WHEN YOU HURT?

Emotions—(Get best of you)—Jesus!


Someone studied emotions Jesus—39 different emotions!

Didn’t know there 39 until had daughters.

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  • Looks over Jerusalem, people rejected God—Grieved.
  • Religious leaders care more about rules than people—Angry.
  • 72 followers describe how God used them—Overjoyed.
  • Friend Laz dies—Weeps in sadness.
  • Before cross—Discouraged, lonely, spiritual agony.


Luke 7—Our first emotion of Jesus!

Jesus just finished preaching Sermon on Mount—Luke 7:11


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11 Soon afterward Jesus went with his disciples to the village of Nain, and a large crowd followed him. 12 A funeral procession was coming out as he approached the village gate. The young man who had died was a widow’s only son, and a large crowd from the village was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said. 14 Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. “Young man,” he said, “I tell you, get up.” 15 Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother. 16 Great fear swept the crowd, and they praised God, saying, “A mighty prophet has risen among us,” and “God has visited his people today.” 

Luke 7:11-16 NLT


The Power of Jesus, Expressed through deep compassion


Visualize—Single mom—Lost husband—Just lost her only son!

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Deepest pain and most grief—Verse 13 says: 


“…the Lord saw her.” Luke 7:13

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Over 40 times Gospels, we’re told Jesus “saw someone.”


Funny—Saw everyone—Wherever he looked—Saw people.

He didn’t just look—He saw—He noticed.


Just because you look—Doesn’t mean you see—Notice!


The Lord saw her!


What did Jesus feel? 

Same thing he feels for you when you are hurting. (Verse 13)


13 When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. (7:13)

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Root Greek word translated compassionSplagna.


—Refers your intestines—Guts.

Guts twisted or ripped out—No stronger word

The Lord saw her… He noticed… He cared!

Don’t know who needs to hear this today—God sees you! Notices. Cares.


Going through—Fight save marriage—Paying bills!

Teen—Health—You feel anxious—Frustrated—Afraid.


Jesus sees. Notices—He cares!


Jesus sees grieving mom—Hurts with her and for her in his gut.


“…Don’t cry!” he said. 14 Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. (13b-14)


He touched the coffin…


Touched coffin—Shocking—Scandalous!


Pharisees—613 religious laws—Outward appearances—Show.

Can’t touch dead body—Anything touches—Unclean!

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When Jesus touched boy’s body—Crossed a line!


Jesus was a line crosser—Rule breaker.


Every time religion drew a line—Jesus crossed the line.


Love crosses lines!


We don’t draw lines to keep people out. 

We cross lines to bring people in.


JUST. ONE. TOUCH.