Jesus said what? Sermon Series – The Lost sheep (Luke 15:1-7)
Do you love to be found?
There is a difference between lost and hiding. The result is the same though.
When we are hiding we can come out any time, and we are not alone and afraid. We know someone is looking. When you are lost, you are alone and scared.
In the natural human sense, the 99 is more important. The lost 1 wouldn’t be worth going after to leave the 99 alone.
To Jesus, the risk of losing the 1 is the same as losing the 99.
There is a group of lost that forget how valuable they are. Jesus is trying to tell us that losing you is of the same value as losing one of the truly lost. You are valuable for who you are. He left everything for us. Don’t forget what Jesus did for us.
Other get lost in the rules of following Jesus. Its’ so easy to be religious instead of relational, following rules instead of spending time with Jesus.
There is so much joy when we start living at the feet of Jesus instead of focusing on the rules.
There are other people who are lost in shame, afraid of what Jesus will do when Jesus sees them. That condemnation is not from the Lord!
Romans 8:1 – 1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, (NIV)
Live a life of repentance at the feet of Jesus. It’s easier to repent of a lustful thought than 10 years down the road, deal with a life of infidelity.
Living a life of repentance means that when we take a little bit of a step over, that we are close enough to Jesus hear him say, “Take a little step to the right.” When we do that, we will be met with love, not shame.
We are all responsible to find, to leave the 99 to find the 1. We are called to find them and sit with them. Be willing to leave the comfort to chase after the lost.
Heb 12:1 (NIV)
1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
Satan wants to keep us lost and hiding.
When we are lost, we are not running. Jesus is calling you out of hiding.
Luke 15:1-7 (NIV)
3Then Jesus told them this parable: 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?5And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.