The Lost Sheep

Jesus Warns Against Looking Down on Others

Matthew 18:10-14  “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in Heaven always see the face of my father in heaven. What do you think? if a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go look for the one that wandered off? And, if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about the one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish”.(NIV)

Our concern of God’s children must match God’s treatment of them. Their angels have constant access to God. Just as the shepherd is concerned about the lost sheep and goes searching the hills for it, God is concerned for every human being he created. We can steer children toward Christ, by our words, and acts of kindness.

Let’s take another look. This parable shares loss, searching, and rejoicing. The lost sheep represents a lost human being. Jesus is the shepherd searching for his lost sheep.

See also: Luke 5:3-7 (NIV), as Luke tells the parable.

Once the shepherd finds his lost sheep he puts is on his shoulders, now an average adult sheep can weigh between 100-220 pounds, give or take. The shepherd rejoices, he calls on his friends and others to rejoice with him. In the same way there is rejoicing in heaven with the angels when a sinner has been found and comes to Jesus.



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