“All the tax collectors and sinners were approaching to listen to Him. And the Pharisees and scribes were complaining, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them!”
So He told them this parable: “What man among you, who has 100 sheep and loses one of them, does not leave the 99 in the open field and go after the lost one until he finds it? When he has found it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders, and coming home, he calls his friends and neighbors together, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my lost sheep!’ I tell you, in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous people who don’t need repentance.” (Luke 15:1-7)
This was the first of three parables Jesus shared to the crowds after hearing the Pharisees and scribes complaining. This one dealt with a shepherd who had lost a sheep. He had the 99 out in the open field safe and sound but one was missing. The shepherd went and searched for it and eventually found it. When he did, he brought it home. Not only that, he called all his friends and neighbors to let them know what had happened. The shepherd was joyous that all 100 were back in the open field again.
There is that same kind of joy that happens when one sinner repents and follows Jesus. There is great celebration that takes place. One was lost but now is found. We should celebrate like that when we hear such great news. We should be sharing that good news so that others who are lost can be found. This week let us share that joy and share that good news of salvation to a world that needs it.