Jesus told this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. – Luke 15:3-7
1) The Good Shepherd Searches
- Notice that the shepherd is anxious to recover the lost sheep — He leaves the ninety-nine immediately to go after the one who is lost.
- Notice the shepherd doesn’t give up
- Notice the shepherd isn’t angry at the sheep, in fact, he’s down right joyful when he finds his sheep.
2) The Good Shepherd Finds
- Notice the shepherd accomplishes what he set out to do
- Notice the shepherd comforts the lost sheep
3) The Good Shepherd Restores
- Shepherd brings the sheep all the way home — “…and goes home.”
Application of the Word
(1) Are you frightened by circumstances, surroundings or wolves? –> Call to the Shepherd who is even now looking for you, if you want His help.
(2) Are you willing to receive the help of the Shepherd? –> this may mean leaving some destructive habits, locations and relationships behind. Many prefer the suffering they know to what is unknown. This step requires faith.
(3) Are you willing to living under the protection, love and guidance of the Shepherd? –> there can only be one Shepherd. This is not a committee where you can run for office. The Shepherd is worthy of your adoration, praise and obedience. This requires gratitude and humility. Do you have it in you yet?