All the tax collectors and sinners were gathering around Jesus to listen to him. 2 The Pharisees and legal experts were grumbling, saying, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 3 Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose someone among you had one hundred sheep and lost one of them. Wouldn’t he leave the other ninety-nine in the pasture and search for the lost one until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he is thrilled and places it on his shoulders. 6 When he arrives home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Celebrate with me because I’ve found my lost sheep.’ 7 In the same way, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who changes both heart and life than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need to change their hearts and lives. (Luke 15:1-7, CEB)
This is the first of three parables in one of my favorite chapters in the bible. Luke 15.
The parable of the Lost Sheep, the parable of the Lost Coin, and the parable of the Prodigal Son as most of us know them.
This parable is interesting because it is about leaving 99 sheep in a pasture and going and looking for the one lost sheep. We leave 99 in danger out in the open with no shepherd to watch them while we go and look for the one that is lost, and when we find the lost sheep we throw a party because what was lost is now found. But is the parable really about the sheep or the shepherd?
The shepherd is the on who had 100 sheep, and goes and finds the lost one. The lost sheep just wondered off and caused issue for the shepherd. The shepherd did the searching and worrying.
God is the shepherd that will leave those who are not in trouble to find us when we stray away.
Be like God.
Love People. Love God.