The Parable of the lost sheep appears in the Gospel of Mathew and in the Gospel of Luke. It is one of the most popular parables of Jesus. (see also Parable of the good Samaritan). I am going to present meaning and importance of the parable for your spiritual life.
Matthew 18: 10-14
Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I tell you, in heaven, their angels continually see the face of my Father in heaven. What do you think? If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.
Luke 15: 1-7
Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and 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.
Bible verses were taken from New Revised Standard Version – Catholic Edition.
Heavenly Father wants his children into his kingdom
The parable of the lost sheep as told by Jesus makes us understand that the will of God is that none of the “little ones” should be lost. He wants his children into his kingdom. Who are these little ones? Every being on earth is the little ones as described in the Bible. God wants every man to come to the knowledge of him. He wants us all to have a taste of his kingdom. He does not want anyone to be a candidate of the kingdom of the devil.
You cannot be lost
We cannot claim to be lost anymore because Christ has found us. We eventually become found by him the day we accept him into our lives. We need to be reminded that just as the lost sheep was desperately found so also does Jesus desperately searches for the lost souls to come into his kingdom.
Sin is that which separates us from God and God is ever willing to forgive us of our sins that we might run to him.
God loves you
In the book of Romans 5:8, God shows us that he loves us while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Brethren, irrespective of the sins you may have committed; God loves you and is currently searching for you. He knows you are human and prone to committing sins and that is why he has provided Jesus for you to wash you clean with his precious blood.
This parable is also a reminder that there is no hiding place for you; he will fish you out if he wants to and yes, God wants you. No matter where you run to, he will find you out to come into his kingdom.
Jesus is your good shepherd
You do not have to be in doubt if Jesus loves you or not, let the parable of the lost sheep remind you that Jesus, who is the shepherd, sees you as a sheep he would do anything to rescue.
His death on the cross of Calvary is not for fun neither would he allow his death over you to be in waste. He is happy about you and rejoices over you. He carried all your burdens on his shoulders when he was hung on the cross of Calvary.
Do you think he went through the torture and humiliation in vain? No! He did it that you might be saved and rescued.
Jesus is waiting for you
The parable of the lost sheep is also similar to that of the prodigal son. He awaits you to come back to him. And just like the father of the prodigal son arose as soon as he sighted his lost son from far off, so also does Jesus see you in your present state and waiting patiently for you to return to him just like an expectant father waits for his wayward son.
The shepherd in our Bible verse is the master Jesus. In this parable, there was no report that the shepherd rebuked or chastised the lost sheep; instead, he carried the sheep upon in his shoulders and set for home. For the joy the shepherd felt, he didn’t care the size of the sheep nor the weight, the joy of locating his lost sheep was all that matter to him as he carried the sheep home. Likewise, Jesus bore the weight of our sins upon the cross and daily cares for us. The lesson to be learned from this verse is that Jesus is always excited about his children especially when they come to him.
The parable of the lost sheep – conclusion
In conclusion, the parable of the lost sheep provides an insight of the emotions that go on in heaven when a lost soul is brought into the kingdom o God. On reaching his house, the shepherd called his friends and neighbors and admonished them to rejoice with him for he has found his lost sheep. Some neighbors and friends would have wondered why he had to leave ninety-nine sheep untended to in search of one that got missing. He did this simply because he wanted all of his sheep to be complete. So also does Heaven rejoices when a sinner repents and is restored to fellowship with God. This joy is unexplainable, it is glorious
Ever since the creation of the world, God has always been a good shepherd who rescues his lost sheep. When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit and hid in shame because of the sins they committed, God still sought them out. He forgave them and covered their nakedness.
Let us acknowledge that we are lost without Jesus and for you to enjoy the promises of God, I urge you to come to Jesus that he might carry out his duties as a father over you.
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