(Post 1 of the Luke 15:1-7 series of 5) Over the next ten days, I will write five posts reflecting on Jesus’ parable about the lost sheep in Luke 15. A parable is a simple story to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson. My reflections will be about each of the different characters in the parable, how I have personally walked/walk in their shoes, and how that is okay based on the incredible goodness and grace of God.
“Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming to hear him. But the Pharisees and the experts in the law were complaining, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So Jesus told them this parable: “Which one of you, if he has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, would not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go look for the one that is lost until he finds it? Then when he has found it, he places it on his shoulders, rejoicing. Returning home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, telling them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep that was lost.’ I tell you, in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need to repent” (Luke 15:1-7).