All the tax collectors and sinners were gathering around Jesus to listen to him. The Pharisees and legal experts were grumbling, saying, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Jesus told them this parable: “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? And when he finds it, he is thrilled and places it on his shoulders. When he arrives home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Celebrate with me because I’ve found my lost sheep.’ 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)
How many of us would leave 99 sheep in the pasture where wolves or other predators can get them to find the one that wandered off?
Seem foolish until you are the 1.
This is the beginning of the lost things chapter where we talk about it being about repentance. The lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son or the prodigal son. Really these stories are about the shepherd, not the sheep, and the woman, not the coin, and the father, not the son. They are about the one doing the looking.
Jesus is looking for you. And when Jesus finds you he throws a party!
Celebrate. Share the love of the one who searches for you gives you.
Loving People. Loving God.