So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his 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.
Jesus came to reach out to those in need
Jesus was criticized for hanging out with sinners and tax collectors … but He was showing care and concern for those who cried out to God for help from their hearts
If we think about it, all of us need help, but who do we call for help?
The parable of the lost sheep was not just a nice story
Jesus actually left the comfort and glory of His heavenly throne …
Was born in a manger …
As a little boy, Herod tried to kill Him
Grew up as a kid in war zone …
That’s right, in the days of the Gospel, Israel was conquered by the Romans and there were separatist and resistant movement against Caesar.
People were ready to go to war.. there were uncertainty in the air
In that kind of environment, filled with fear and uncertainty …
Jesus was reaching out to bring hope and healing to people’s life
Jesus was a bright shining star in our world of darkness
Jesus was rejected by the Sanhedrin, falsely labeled as anti-establishment, charged with causing division, and mocked while denied of all legal rights
Jesus was crucified on the cross and died
But He rose from the dead
Jesus ascended back to His glory in the heavens
He left for us His words and promises, and the Holy Spirit to comfort our hearts.
This same Jesus went through sweat and blood to help us
This same Jesus was reaching out to us even when we felt one else will care
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
When God call us, we need to response
When Jesus knocks at the door of our hearts we need to be receptive
Jesus reaches out to those in need … and He still does today!