Lost Sheep

The Lost Sheep

Intro

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance (Luke 15:1–7).



Illustration

Mind

  • Why were the Pharisees and Scribes angry with Jesus?

  • How do “good” people often feel about “bad” people? How does Jesus teach us to feel?


Motive

What does the shepherd feel when he finds his lost sheep? What does God feel when a lost son or daughter returns?

“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing (Lk. 15:4-5).



The Pharisees and Scribes were religious leaders - they were shepherds (That’s what the word Pastor means). How should they spend their time if there are lost people in their community?


“Depend on it. God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supply.” – Hudson Taylor

“When we consecrate ourselves to God, we think we are making a great sacrifice, and doing lots for Him, when really we are only letting go of some little bitsy trinkets we have been grabbing, and when our hands are empty, He fills them full of His treasure. ~ Betty Stam”

Memory Verse

Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance (Luke 15:7).



Mission

As followers of Jesus, we must love the things that he loves and do the things that he does. Looking at this parable, what types of people are we called to love and what types of things should we spend our time doing?


11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples,“Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners” (Matthew 9:11-13).

  • Who is it that you are searching for? Who are you helping find their way back to Jesus? Pray for them now.

  • What was Jesus doing at the beginning of the story that made the Pharisees so mad? Is that something that you should do sometime, too? When and how?



Worship

Prayer

Ask God to help you love like He loves. Be thankful that he is not angry when we turn from our sin, he rejoices!

Further Study

  • R.C. Sproul Sermon: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/sermons/parable-lost-sheep/