Luke 15:1–7 (ESV)
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”
3 So he told
them this parable: 4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders,
rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents
than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
We are the sheep and Jesus is the shepherd. God is taking care of the all the sheep, but it is the lost sheep that Jesus is seeking.
Notice the shepherd goes to the sheep and carry’s it back on his shoulder. Often when we have turned from the Lord, we are in such sad shape that He has to carry us back. That is love. This reminds me of the old testament story of Sodom
and Gomorrah where the angels had to take Lot and his family by the hand and lead them out before the destruction. It is God who makes the first move on us and leads us to safety. There is much “joy in heaven over one sinner who repents
thatn over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.”
I pray: O Lord, sometimes I can be stubborn and in need of your love and action. Help me to repent of my sins and to
trust in your saving grace and to walk according to your ways. Amen.