By Ty Haguewood
“So He spoke this parable to them, saying: ‘What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which 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 neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’” Luke 15:3-6
In Luke 15, Jesus is questioned by the Pharisees for eating with the tax collectors and sinners. Basically, they are pointing fingers at Jesus, calling Him out for hanging with sinners. Jesus, like He frequently does, responds by telling a story.
He begins to tell about this shepherd who notices that one of his hundred sheep is missing. The shepherd notices the sheep is gone and immediately leaves all for the sake of finding it. So he leaves, finds the sheep, throws it on his shoulders, and carries the sheep back to where it belongs, home. When the shepherd gets back home with the sheep, he gathers all his friends and neighbors and they party… he found his sheep.
Let’s be honest, what’s the big deal? This is kind of a weird story all for the sake of one sheep.
What if I told you this shepherd is God and we are the sheep? The reality is by nature we are all like this sheep; lost, broken, and hopelessly wandering around without purpose. We have no sense of belonging and are completely unaware of how far we are from where we should be.
Here is the great part!
The story didn’t end with a disappointed Shepherd, the story ended with a triumphant Savior. God so loved the world that He sent His Son…. WHAT?!? We were completely lost but God made a way. While you and I were broken and hopeless, God sent Jesus!
Jesus came and lived a perfect life. He was tempted, yet remained faithful. He was rejected and mocked, yet persevered. He was spit on, rejected, and denied, yet He found joy in what lay ahead. A life of obedience and faithfulness would ultimately lead to the death of Jesus. At Calvary, Jesus took on the sins of the world. Here the wrath of God was satisfied on Him.
Without the pursuit of God through Christ Jesus, we were destined for destruction.
But praise be to God; He saved us!! He pursued us, captured us, and brought us into the sphere of His love.
We hopeless sheep found hope in the loving arms of our Great Shepherd. We have hope in Jesus.