The Lord is My Shepherd: The Lost Sheep


Luke 15:3-7

So He spoke this parable to them, saying:
4 “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?
5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbours, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’
7 I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.

If you have ever been really lost it can be scary, you can feel helpless and even panic. Sheep are said to be the only animal that can get lost when only a few kilometres from home. Most animals have been given the ability to find their way home.

The message of Christmas is that Jesus left heaven, and came to seek and save the lost.

1. Because Jesus the shepherd loves every individual sheep He goes in search of any lost ones.
If one of your children got lost what would you do.
2. Our great shepherd understands a lost sheep will find it very hard to make it’s own way home.
They are one of few animals that do not have the ability to scent where water is, which is so vital to survival. 
No wonder the shepherd leaves 99 to find the one; He knows their chances of survival are very low.
3. Jesus pursues lost sheep because He is deeply concerned at where they may ultimately end up.

Galatians 6:1
Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

Do you know of any lost sheep? How can you reach out to them with God’s love? A phone call or perhaps a meal. This is the season to seek out the lost.

One of our problems as God’s sheep is we easily go astray.

Probably over a billion sheep in the world and if were not for 1000’s of caring shepherds who constantly watch over them, provide food, water, protection many sheep would soon be lost and die.

It's easy to think how can God really care about me, one among billions of people. The parable of the lost sheep shows us God’s love for each individual. In fact we are all lost in some way. Lost in sin or compromise, away from God, lost direction in life, lost in loneliness, lost in disappointment or hurt, lost in failure, bitterness. There is lostness in all of us. Our shepherd seeks us out to minister to our personal area of lostness.

The shepherd could not forget one sheep, and Jesus can never forget you, ignore you, stop loving you. He just can’t do that. As you read this parable, the emphasis is on the heartache of the shepherd who has lost the sheep, not the lost sheep. The shepherd suffers more than the wandering sheep. God passionately pursues and seeks after each of us, driven by an immense love for you and me. He longs for fellowship. He is the hound of heaven. Man may give up on us but God never will.

Isaiah 46:4
Even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry you!
I have made, and I will bear; Even I will carry, and will deliver you.

Isaiah 49:15-16
15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you.
16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me.

The picture of a helpless lost sheep lacking skills of survival and finding it’s way home is a powerful description of the state of mankind today. Lost helpless sheep, yet so brilliant. Scientific advances are incredible, medical advances, man on moon. Mankind is the pinnacle of God’s creation.

Psalm 8:4-6
4 What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?
5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,

You are a phenomenal work of God, brilliant in many ways. Yet despite being an exceptional work of God, man without His shepherd is lost, helpless and ultimately pathetic. Today the century 21 man, more than ever before, is like a lost sheep. He is more and more aware of his lostness and trying everything and anything to find his way home - drugs, alcohol, success, money, multiple relationships, violence. Without the shepherd he has no hope.

Luke 19:10
"for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Another sad truth is that it is so easy for sheep to be led astray.

In our country at freezing works they use a Judas sheep to lead other sheep to the slaughter. Judas sheep leads the sheep from bottom pen area up the ramp to killing floor. Poor sheep blindly follow the Judas sheep who escapes via trap door while rest get slaughtered. God’s sheep are easily led astray. We must stay close to the shepherd and safety of a flock.

We all know of Christians who were doing well then led astray, by a hurt, attitude, mixing with the wrong crowd or getting into unwise friendship.

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