March 19. 2019—In Luke 15, Jesus stops on his journey to Jerusalem to tell stories about finding lost things.
The listeners are really trying to figure out who this Jesus fellow is? Instead of telling them directly, Jesus tells them:
"Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn't you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, 'Celebrate with me! I've found my lost sheep!' Count on it—there's more joy in heaven over one sinner's rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue."
As you read, what character(s) in the story do you relate to? The lost sheep, the shepherd or the 99?
Write down an instance that explores your own parable of the lost sheep. Was the sheep found? Describe the search. Describe the celebration.
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