“And Jesus was going about all the cities and the villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.
“And seeing the multitudes, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast like sheep without a shepherd.
“Then He said to His disciples, The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”
There wasn’t any kind of sickness or disease which Jesus couldn’t cure. Today, He’s still alive; and, of His mighty healing power, we can be equally sure.
Jesus felt compassion for the multitudes, knowing that they were downcast and distressed. Like sheep without a shepherd, they were in need of His touch to be blessed.
It’s still the same in the world today–there’s need for healing and protection, even from any plague. But of greatest need is healing for the soul–as the ability to know God, for many people, has seemed vague.
Jesus said the harvest is plentiful and that we’re to pray for workers to bring it in before the night. And we ourselves can answer the call to share with others, near or far, about His love and light.
Yes, “like sheep without a shepherd” is descriptive of multitudes still today. Open their eyes, heavenly Father, to the Lord Jesus, as their healer, Savior, and Shepherd. This, for them, we pray.
P. A. Oltrogge
“Lost No More” by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission. http://www.GregOlsen.com
For interesting details on this painting, see the Greg Olsen website.
“I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.” John 10:14 NASB
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.” John 10:27-28 NKJV
“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” John 17:3 NASB
“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29 NKJV
Visit http://www.moorelife.org for “101 Things God Said About Healing.” To hear Keith Moore’s songs, click on “Word Supply,” then, “Music.”
Another source of encouragement is “God’s Healing Word,” by Trina Hankins and “Faith Opens the Door to the Supernatural,” by Mark Hankins at http://www.markhankins.org