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Monday, May 15, 2017

Lost and Found

May 15

(Luke 15:1-7 NIV) "Now the tax collectors and "sinners" were all gathering around to hear him. {2} But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them." {3} Then Jesus told them this parable: {4} "Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? {5} And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders {6} and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' {7} I 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."

(Luke 19:10 NIV) "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.""

(Matthew 9:36 NIV) "When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd."

Jesus advocated for leaving the “ninety-nine” to seek the “one”. He taught that the “lost” took priority over the “found”. Those who were “found” resented Him for it. God have mercy on the church that adopts a similar attitude today. When souls are at stake, the Good Shepherd will seek and pursue the lost with great zeal. This is why He was sent. He calls His disciples to do likewise. The wise Christian will not be resentful when the church makes seeking lost people a priority. Instead, those who have been found and rejoiced over by the Shepherd need to get busy and help with the effort. Jesus did not come so that we could all be comfortable in our cozy little churches. He came to “seek and save” the lost, and to rescue the “harassed and helpless”. Only a fool would complain about Christ’s mission priority, or try to hinder the Good Shepherd’s work. Jesus is Lord! -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day 

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