The Lost Sheep
Hey guys and welcome back to The Faith Filled Friends. Today we will be looking at the parable of the lost sheep. It is a fantastic parable and we are super excited to unpack it today. God is always looking for that one lost sheep and He will never stop searching. So let’s dive into it.
“Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesnʼt he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 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.”
““What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.”
We have probably all heard this parable because it is an amazing picture of God’s love. Earlier this week we compared God to a shepherd, a good shepherd (We also compared Jesus to a lamb). Throughout the bible God is actually described as a shepherd because a shepherd takes care of weak and frail sheep. He does anything for the flock of sheep and will lay his life down for the sheep.
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
God is our protector and our saviour. When one sheep wonders away, He will pursue them until He finds them. In this day and age there are billions of lost sheep wondering in a world where death is everywhere. Without the shepherd we would surely die, so He chases after us.
We have been given the opportunity to help bring those lost sheep back to God. He doesn’t need us, but somehow He wants us. It is a privilege to be called by God to serve and to love. Earlier this week, we spoke about laying our lives down for God. That is the ultimate privilege for any of us. Our saviour laid down His life for us, why should we do anything less.
Serving in church, or at youth or even in you work place is an amazing opportunity that God has given us. He doesn’t need us but He wants us. Are you ready to serve the shepherd who serves you?
1 John 3:16
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
God loves us more than we will ever know. Jesus came down into His own creation, as a man, to suffer and to die at the hands of the very people He was coming to save. Sometimes the sheep get the shepherd killed, but for us, we killed the very shepherd who was trying to save us.
God is always looking for that one lost sheep and He will never stop searching.
The Faith Filled Friends