Christ the Merciful

Everything about Christ is wonderful, but to us in our need and sins certainly one of the sweetest aspects of Jesus Christ is his mercy.

Christ is merciful.

He is the most merciful of men, the most merciful of leaders, the most merciful of lords, the most merciful of Saviors.

Matthew 12:20 says, “a bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench” (ESV), which means he will not give up on the person on whom others have given up.

Who doesn’t want mercy?

He will save the person who has little left, the person who is almost finished, done, and gone.

He is a merciful savior to the person who has lost all hope, all help. The person who is reaping the whirlwind. The one crushed by others. The person eating the bitter fruit of sin. To them, Jesus is merciful if they will but receive him.

Jesus is merciful to the hungry, merciful to the hurting, merciful to the helpless, merciful to the wicked, merciful to the victims, merciful to the lowest and least and weakest.

He is merciful to criminals, merciful to murderers, merciful to thieves—merciful if they will turn to him in repentance.

Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28–30, ESV)

I think of Jesus showing mercy to the sinful woman who washed his feet with her tears. He forgave her sins.

I think of Jesus being merciful to the mother whose son had died. Jesus raised him from the dead.

I think of Jesus being merciful to the lepers. He cleansed them of their disease.

I need his mercy; how about you? In your need and sins, call out to him today, and he will have mercy on you.

Jesus brings us together to receive his mercy and to bestow it on others. We are his hands of mercy.