The Parable of the Lost Sheep
Scripture: Luke 15:1-7
This is one of the many great parables of Jesus. The lost sheep can represent the lonely or downtrodden or any weighed down with sin. To set the stage of this parable, there were many Pharisees and Scribes who were criticizing Jesus for eating with sinners. They couldn’t believe that one who “claimed to be from God” would eat with sinners.
Jesus put everything into the proper perspective as He masterfully proclaimed the parable of the lost sheep. He asked them, “What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?” Since shepherding was a very common profession of the day, this parable resounded in the ears of those who heard it. Everyone could relate to the shepherd who left the sheep to go after the one struggling sheep to bring it back to the fold.
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To liken the scriptures to the “sinners” that Jesus ate with, he drove home this very poignant point after relating the parable. He said, “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.” In other words, if Jesus was able to bring the “sinners” He ate with to repentance, there would be a tremendous joy in heaven. However, if he had spent His time only eating with good people who didn’t need repentance, His time may not have been as well spent. Now, relating that to our lives, sometimes we judge others who look different from us, or we shun those who may be less than perfect in our eyes. Remember, if we can say a kind word or do a kind act that helps them to repent and return to God, the heavens will be overjoyed. We should try to help those in need as much as possible and pray for them.
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