Luke 15:1-7 NLT
Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them! So Jesus told them this story: “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!
Reflection . . .
This parable of the Lost Sheep is a popular one and is often sighted as demonstrating God’s great love for the lost. While that is certainly true, this parable also points to the fact that God pursues those he loves.
“For this is how God loved the world:
He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16 NLT
God loves us enough to continually pursue us with his love. That means God is pursuing us all and desires us to come to Him .
The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.2 Peter 3:9 NLT
This Parable along with the following two Parables of the Lost Coin and the Lost Son emphase the great joy experienced when what has been lost is found! So is God’s joy when even one person comes to Him.