And he spake this parable unto them, saying, What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. Luke 15:3-6
When you understand that this parable was talking about you, it makes you appreciate this parable even more! We were all lost sheep, we all had gone astray from the Great Shepherd, but Jesus wasn’t going to let you go. The Great Shepherd found you and carried you home on his shoulders.
And when you were reunited with Christ, all of Heaven rejoiced! Think about that, the Angels were singing when you were carried home! All of this because God loves you and doesn’t want anyone to perish. Jesus said “My Sheep know my voice and listen to me, and I lay my life down for the sheep” (John 10)
You have a Shepherd who laid down his life for you, and watches over you, even in the valley of shadow of death (Psalm 23) Christ is with you, carrying you on his shoulders
I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. Luke 15:7
If someone new comes in off the street to your Church, do you shun them or greet them with open arms? If someone is seeking Christ, I can tell you all of Heaven is rejoicing and you should be too! Don’t be a stumbling block for anyone to hear the gospel, The Great Shepherd may be calling their name and bringing them home!
Are you hearing the Savior’s voice? Jesus is calling You and coming to put you on His shoulders and take you home! Don’t harden your heart, don’t dull your ears to the voice of The Great Shepherd! All of Heaven is rejoicing for You, Amen!