Notes: November 6, 2009

Lost Sheep

When scribes and Pharisees complained that tax-collectors and sinners flocked to Jesus, he told them a parable about sheep.

Luke 15:1-7

  • “Which of you…?” By appealing to their own lives, Jesus easily migrates to a discussion of heaven.
  • No businessman relishes the loss of 1% of his business.
  • Once he has secured the remaining 99% he will attempt recovery of the lost. Even if it means cold, sleepless nights alone.
  • But once he has regained the lost 1%, oh what joy!
  • Can you hear him “rejoicing”, “boasting” to his friends of the result of his industry?
  • So likewise there is great joy in heaven over a single repentant sinner.

Meditation Points:

  1. Shall we place blame for the lost sheep, or shall we say that the sheep just wandered off?
  2. What kind of businessman would stand by and do nothing when he sees his inventory decreasing ever so slightly? Note that this shepherd is well aware of how many are in his flock and how many there should be.
  3. Heaven rejoices over a repentant sinner. Not a self-reforming religionist.