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Thankful to Have a 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). 

What did Jesus do for you and me by telling this Parable of the Lost Sheep?

First, He told 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).

Second, Jesus told us the truth about Himself.  We matter to Him.  He does not ignore us 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!

I am thankful for many things, but most of all for the assurance that I have a Good Shepherd.  Can you say to the Lord with me, “But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount Your praise” (Psalm 79:13)?