Jesus was not enough. I say that in a very qualified way. But, Jesus himself indicates that he alone, in his humanity, did not have the capacity to minister to the needs of all the people. We read in 9:35 that he went throughout the cities and villages, teaching and healing every disease and affliction, but he was overcome by the need and so the text said that he had compassion on the people; they were like sheep without a shepherd.
But instead of calling out to God for angels from above, he cries out for earthly angels; messengers of God – harvesters – into the fields ripe for the harvest. God’s answer was the disciples. This messy bunch of fishermen, Canaanites, tax-collectors, and backstabbers would go into Israel and declare and show that the kingdom of God was at hand. They would go like the prophets of old – not for comfort, nor monetary gain, but with power, hope, and urgency. They would go as Jesus himself went – with great love and with grave warning. Yes, they initially went only to the house of Israel, but Jesus would ultimately commission them to go into all the world making disciples of all the nations. (Matthew 28)
And, Jesus still needs his disciples - his church - to go. He still, in his mysterious wisdom, calls messy people like you and me to bring the kings message to a world that is “harassed and helpless”. We are called to bring the message of healing and hope. As God’s people, we are the answer to Christ’s prayer for harvesters… Who would have thought…?
How can you be an answer to Christ’s prayer in your own sphere and community?