Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he 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.
Ninety-nine sheep. Ninety-nine sheep left and the shepherd goes off looking for the one that went astray. In this day in age, many people might just leave the sheep to fend for itself because the “hassle isn’t worth the cost.” Besides, what’s one sheep out of a hundred? Unimportant, right? Not according to Jesus.
Jesus is our shepherd- each and every single one of us are under His care. Every man, woman, child, every sinner- we were all entrusted to Jesus by God and He does not intend to lose us.
And this is the will of Him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that He has given me, but raise them up at the last day. - John 6:39
Jesus wants to rescue every sinner, not only because His Father gave them to Him, but because He loves them. In the parable, notice that the shepherd doesn’t get angry with the lost sheep. He doesn’t blame it for getting lost and rebuke it. Instead, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders. Jesus is the same way- He rejoices when a sinner repents and restores their fellowship with God! Even a single sinner is cause for joyous celebration- we are that important to Jesus.
Just think, a grown sheep can weigh over a hundred lbs and yet the shepherd still bears the weight on his shoulders to joyfully carry the sheep home. In the same way, Jesus bore our sins on the cross. As the great Mediator, Jesus continues to bear our sins and cares before God. All of this He does for every single sinner.
Jesus wasn’t sent here for the righteous “do-gooders.” His goal is to save those who are lost. We should constantly remember that Jesus died for us- even when we stray, He continues to bear our cares and sins. Before we were saved, we were lost sheep in need of a shepherd and Jesus joyfully came in search of us.
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. - Luke 19:10
Always remember: there isn’t a single sinner that is not worth the cost.
This devotional was written by Nealey Sims. I hope you have a blessed day!