Matthew 9:35-38 (NET) Then Jesus went throughout all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were bewildered and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.”
How does God answer the question of what does compassion have to do with it?
The introduction of our passage begins with the mention of Jesus’ three-fold ministry: teaching, preaching, and healing.
Jesus is not only the key to the gospel of the kingdom He is the message of the kingdom!
Not only is the kingdom at hand, but it is also on its way!
The reality of the kingdom of God is the people of God living by the will of God.
Apostle Paul describe his ministry as preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God.
“Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them – like sheep without a shepherd”
How many of you know that the church is on a redemptive mission?
Jesus was carrying out His ministry of compassion!
Seeing the people who were, “bewildered and helpless/distressed and dispirited/weary and scattered/confused and aimless” “like sheep without a shepherd.
Old Testament tells us about the prophet Moses asking God to lead the people of Israel so they won’t be come sheep without a shepherd. The prophet Micaiah saw Israel scattered as sheep without a shepherd.
The prophets had something to say when they witnessed false or evil shepherds who mislead or misused God’s people.
In the New Testament Apostle John wrote about Jesus calling Himself the Good Shepherd.
Our Good Shepherd also gives us a picture of the harvest.
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.”
(MSG) On your knees and pray for harvest hands!”
Notice He didn’t say, go get some workers! – Harvest hands – not just “Helping Hands!”
Below are some questions to help apply the message to your daily walk.
- What speaks to your heart from the message?
- What thoughts come to mind about witnessing and saving souls?
- What are you led to do?