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.
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 15:4- 7
In the last article we read about lost coin, but lost sheep is different from lost coin. Sheep has life, it knows it’s Shepherd , it knows it’s herd.
Sheep can be compared to a person who got saved, led a spiritual life for some period of time and then went away from the God. We would have experience of salvation , Jesus Christ died on cross for my sins, and I am redeemd by His precious blood. But when God delays to answer our prayers, trial , tribulations we face makes us to go away from presence of God. Sometimes we make wrong decisions in our education, career, job, and in family life, makes us to go away from God.
Sheep follows it’s Shepherd by:
Sight: as sheep follow by looking at Shepherd we must look at Jesus Christ only. when we don’t read the Bible, don’t go to church regularly, don’t pray regularly, we will go away from God.
Voice : as sheep hears its voice and follow him we need to follow Jesus Christ .we may be physically present in church, but our mind may be thinking something else, we may be mentally absent. When God speaks to us through sermons, servant of God, or by prophecy, we may think that is not for me, simply ignore it. By these ways go astray from God.
Walk : or running, as sheep follow its shepered. We must follow the foot step of Jesus Christ. Thy word is lamp unto my feet and light unto my path(PS 119). Mediation of word of God help us to follow Jesus. Many times when we are sick, when trial comes , we will get weary , we get discouraged and doubt God, give up going to church.
Our situation may be same like the sheep lost its sight, deaf to voice of God, lost our path. But As the Shepherd comes in search of the lost sheep, and when he finds it, he layeth the sheep on his shoulders, Jesus Christ our Shepherd comes in search of us. His love of Calvary saved us, brought us to His presence. Even though many times we forget His love, forget precious salvation we have received, Our beloved Shepherd Jesus Christ never forgets us. He finds us, takes us upon His shoulders, like a father until we reach His home.
Unique thing in this parable is, after the shepered finds the sheep, He never allows it to walk among the hered, He Himself carries on His shoulders. This can be compared to we the believers, having fellowship with servants of God, holding on to the promises that God have given us, God will enable us to reach His home.
Jesus Christ: ” I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11)
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