Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative in order to present Jesus in the context he walked with the unknown disciple that narrates presenting my thoughts and sparking more thoughts with his questions. Enjoy.
Jesus went through all the towns and villages. It was like he was on a mission. Many a night I rubbed my aching feet.
He taught in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, that it was here. When afflicted people were brought to him, he never hesitated in healing every disease and sickness.
Often there would be great crowds waiting for his arrival. Word was spreading fast. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
The Scriptures pictured the people of Israel as lost sheep without direction. Ezekiel the prophet said one day God Himself would come and shepherd us.
Jesus turned and looked at us, saying, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
There was urgency in his voice. Harvest times were busy, with farmers hiring more help before the grain spoiled. We had an entire people to go to, we Jews are many.
Ezekiel 34:5; 11-16