Luke 15:4:“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?”

Jesus told us a story about a lost sheep. Here is His story in a nutshell:

A man owning a hundred sheep performed a head count and found out that one of his sheep was missing. So he left the ninety nine to search for the one who got lost. And when he found it, he carried it home on his shoulders. As he went, He shared with all his friends what had just happened, and everybody rejoiced.

We all love the fact that this one lost sheep mattered so much that the man went out of his way to find it. And when he found it he was extremely glad. He spread the good news that his lost sheep was found, and everybody cheered! What a wonderful happy end, right? – Well, wait a minute: what about the other ninety nine? What if, after finally getting hold of the stray, the sheep owner returns to camp to find out that all his other ninety nine sheep had meanwhile slipped away?

First there is one straying sheep, then there are ninety nine sheep scattered all over the place – that’s a lot of slipping and sliding! Maybe, just maybe, the story of one lost sheep in all reality is the story of one hundred lost sheep?

One thing is for certain: Jesus will never give up on us, and He won’t let us down when we’re slipping and falling. He only has a problem with the ones in denial who think everything is fine when in all reality they’re in big trouble. 

Jesus is looking for seekers. He looks for those who know they’re lost. When we’re drifting away, when we slip and cry out to Him, He comes to our rescue. We can bank on that. Best of all: He’ll carry us home on His shoulders, the very best place to be!

Luke 19:10: “For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”