The Lost Sheep is Found

1 Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear him. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

3 Then Jesus told them this parable:
4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’
7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Luke 15:1-7 (New International Version)

In this passage, Jesus equates the repentance of a sinner with finding a lost sheep.
The shepherds of Jesus’ day were completely committed to their sheep. They often went as far as actually giving them individual names. The sheep knew their shepherd and he knew each one of his sheep. The sheep would come to the shepherd when he called them and he could even identify his sheep from other sheep in the sheepfold.
Jesus used the “shepherd” and “sheep” analogy often during His ministry. He wanted us to understand that until we have accepted Him as our Lord and Savior, we are exactly like the lost sheep in the parable above. He is the Shepherd who constantly goes to look for us.
When we finally are found, by accepting Jesus, He says there is great rejoicing in Heaven.
How wonderful it must be for God and the Angels when someone turns from sin and becomes a child of God. The celebration must be an awesome sight to see.
Won’t you stop being one of the “sinners” and come home with the Good Shepherd, Jesus?

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