Sinners were gathering all around Jesus, prompting some religious leaders to mutter, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
In response, Jesus provided a pair of parables:
Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, “Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.” I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, “Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.” In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
1. Who exactly is Jesus?
He’s the Good Shepherd who passionately pursues the lost until he finds them. And when he does, he throws a party.
2. What exactly should we do?
Stop wandering off on your own, get found and let Jesus carry you home.
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