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Let Jesus Be Your Shepherd
by Danny Boggs
“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” (Luke 15:4-7).
This Parable of The Lost Sheep was Jesus’ first response when religious traditionalists grumbled over His association with outcasts. His story chided those Pharisees and scribes. It comforted the tax collectors and “sinners” whom they despised. What does the story do for you and me?
It tells us the truth about ourselves. We are like sheep. We are not spiritually self-sufficient (Romans 3:10,23). We are vulnerable, dependent, and overly focused on things below. That’s how we get lost. Apart from Jesus our shepherd, we are in danger of being devoured by a ferocious enemy (1 Peter 5:8).
The story tells us the truth about Jesus. We matter enough to Him not to be ignored in our dangerous, lost condition. He came to earth to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). Because of His sacrificial death (John 10:11) and His resurrection, we can be saved from danger now and from death eternally. Nothing makes Him happier than when we are found. There is joy in heaven!
Wouldn’t you like to know the love and care of Jesus as your shepherd? Let us help!