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. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9:35-38)
Jesus Needs Some Help
The human side of Jesus is so interesting. His day to day work was exhausting. Walking from place to place spending the time teaching, preaching, instructing, explaining, defending – grueling is the only word I can think of. Multitudes of people press upon Him to be healed and He takes time for each one. He sees firsthand the ravages of what disease does to the body knowing full well this came as a result of man’s rebellion in the garden. Looking into eyes filled with pain and sorrow the Lord felt the sting of mortality. Destitute crowds press upon Him seeking relief as they cried out in tears. And still He took time for each man, woman and child. God knows how many thousands of people Jesus healed in His short ministry. What a number that must be.
When Jesus saw the people He saw something more than physical disease. Looking into their hearts He knew their sorrow at life. They struggled to make ends meet day to day. Life was hard for the common man. Healing them of disease was only temporary. They would get sick again and all those people the Son of God healed died. That was the deeper tragedy for Him. The real need was not the healing of the body but the nurturing of the soul. That has not changed.
We cannot heal our fellow man from disease like Jesus did. The greatest miracle that we can do is what Jesus realized was more important than anything – the healing of the soul. So many people live without a ‘shepherd’ to guide them. Life is meaningless. They have no direction, hope or aspirations for anything beyond this world. That is where you and I come in. The Lord is looking for “a few good men (and women)” to be a shepherd to others.
A shepherd guides a flock of sheep to green pastures, still waters and security. When we share the gospel with others and help bring them to salvation we have done more than heal them of bodily disease. We have been instruments of healing in an eternal nature. Yet the laborers are few with such a huge harvest. Look around you. Who does not need the gospel? Let us fill the void Jesus saw in His day to be workers in the vineyard in helping to bring someone to Christ. Give life to others. Instill hope in the life of your neighbor. Teach others the only good news that will save the soul. Share with them Jesus Christ.