A Lost Sheep

lost sheep

When Jesus sent His apostles out to preach the first time, He told them to go to a specific audience. He commanded them not to go to the Gentiles or the Samaritans, but go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matthew 10:5, 6).

Luke 15 begins with the worst sinners in Jewish society gathering to hear Jesus preach. This riled the religious folk, so He told them a parable (Luke 15:3). A parable is a story based from nature or ordinary life that makes one grand, but often hidden, point. Some people will find the parable just a quaint story, others will perceive the hidden meaning.

A man (not a shepherd) with 100 sheep, finds that one has become lost. He leaves the 99 to find the lost one. When the lost sheep is found, the man carries it home on his shoulders and calls his friends to rejoice with him, For I have found my sheep which was lost (Lk 15:6).

While the religious leaders were complaining (Lk 15:2), Jesus said there was joy in heaven (Lk 15:7) over the repentant sinner.

In Christ’s parable, it’s not the lost sheep which seeks the man, but the man who seeks and finds the lost sheep to the man’s delight.

The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10).


4 thoughts on “A Lost Sheep

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  2. Never stopped to consider this Richard … it really throws the church’s whole seeker evangelistic approach out on its head … Jesus did not come to be sought but to seek … and we in all reality should be doing more to seek the lost not doing more to create a place where Jesus can be sought … I’m gonna have to think on that a bit … thanks for stirring the pot Richard!

    1. Know what caught my attention Bernie? It wasn’t the shepherd who went looking for the lost one, but the owner of the flock. And when he found the lost one, it was his joy his friends were called to participate in. Even more of a twist, or stirring of the pot. How often we read a passage and think we know what it says!

  3. “Oh, wonder of wonders! It is mercy indeed when God saves a seeker; but how much greater mercy when He seeks the lost himself! Mark the parable of Jesus Christ concerning the lost sheep; it does not run thus: “A certain man had a hundred sheep, and one of them did go astray. And he tarried at home, and lo, the sheep came back, and he received it joyfully and said to his friends, rejoice, for the sheep that I have lost is come back.” NO; he WENT AFTER the sheep: it never would have come after Him; it would have wandered farther and farther away. He went after it; over hills of difficulty, down valleys of despondency He pursued its wandering feet, and at last He laid hold of it; He did not drive it before him, He did not lead it, but He carried it himself all the way, and when He brought it home He did not say, THE SHEEP IS COME BACK,” BUT, “I HAVE FOUND THE SHEEP WHICH WAS LOST.”


    If you are desiring him He desired you first, and your good desires and earnest seeking will not be the CAUSE of your salvation, but the EFFECTS of previous grace given to you. “Well,” says another, “I should have thought that although the Saviour might not require an earnest seeking and sighing and groaning, and a continuous searching, after Him, yet certainly He would have desired and demanded that every man, before he had grace, should ask for it.” That, indeed, beloved, seems natural, and God will give grace to them that ask for it; but mark, the text says that he was manifested “to them that asked not for Him.” That is to say, BEFORE we ask, God gives us grace.” – C.H. Spurgeon

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