“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?” Luke 15:4
What does this verse mean to us?
This verse comes from one of Jesus’ parables. In this parable, Jesus was talking to the tax collectors and Pharisees. They accused Jesus of eating and associating with sinners. So, Jesus tells them this parable:
So he told them this parable: “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? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 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.’ 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.”
Though this may seem like a simple story about a shepherd and his sheep, Jesus is actually teaching us a lesson in this parable. When Jesus talks about sheep, he is actually talking about us, his followers. Jesus is the great shepherd, so those of us who follow him are his sheep.
In this parable, Jesus is explaining just how important we are to him. He’s saying that when one of his followers wanders off, he will do everything he can to go and find them. Because we are human and we are sinners by nature, sometimes we might wander away from God’s plan for us. But thankfully, no matter how far away we go from God, he will always come to find us.
Jesus is also expressing just how happy he and everyone in Heaven are when we repent for our sins. The bottom line of this week’s verse is that, even though there are so many people in this world, Jesus loves us all the same.
Let’s start the week off with a prayer.
Thank you so much for all that you do for us. Thank you God that you are the great shepherd, and that you will always come to find us, no matter how far away from you we stray. Amen.”
-J. Edwards Holt
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