35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
Tens of thousands of sermons have been preached on this passage, hundreds of books have been written on it, and rightly so. Jesus had been on the move in cities and in villages teaching, preaching, healing, and raising the dead. On occasion Jesus fed multitudes of people. Everywhere Jesus went, the crowds thronged him, sometimes reaching to touch him so that they might be healed by that touch.
The word “compassion” has to do with a feeling that comes from the very core of who you are. It is a compound word that can be stated “with passion.” Jesus, from the very core of who he was, had great passion for every person that he came in contact with. Caring for people was the very essence of Jesus’ public ministry.
However, Jesus knew that his time on earth was short and that when he left this earth there would still be multitudes of people in need. As they came to him from the cities and from the villages Jesus looked out on the literal sea of humanity and told his disciples to look and to see what he saw; he wanted them to see through his compassionate eyes. So Jesus cried out to his disciples, “Look at this crowd of humanity coming toward us, they are scattered like sheep without a shepherd, they are a harvest of souls waiting to be cared for. As you see them, pray to the God of heaven that he would send laborers to this great harvest of souls.”
The disciples did not miss the message for after Christ ascended and Holy Ghost descended, they went out and spent their lives caring for the harvest of souls. Let’s not miss the message of Jesus here. We live in a sea of humanity, people like sheep that are scattered and lost. We should pray for God to send laborers out into his harvest; while praying we should be showing compassionate care to these scattered sheep whom Jesus loves.
I received a message from Pastor Mark that Victory needs our prayers today. An incident that took place in February just came to light. Pray for the staff to have God’s wisdom, patience, understanding and compassion. Pray for the boys involved to see God turn something intended for evil into something God uses for good.
Tonight is our regular Wednesday night prayer meeting, Bible study, youth program and kids4truth. Pray for lives to be affected by the Word and through prayer.
I met with a man named Aaron last night. Twenty-five years ago he was a boy at Victory. He told me that his time at Victory saved his life. I am so thankful that God used our feeble efforts to bring a boy to know the Lord and to bring that man ultimately to live for Christ.
Have a great day in the Lord,