So He told them this parable, saying, “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the[a]open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
The parable of the lost sheep is a great life lesson for those who think good and despise those less fortunate who have been lost in sin. Until we recognize that we are lost without possibility of salvation for ourselves, we will not be able to see the vicarious sacrifice of Jesus on the cross as our only chance to avoid finishing our soul eternally in hell.
The sinners are most readily to recognize their inability to save on their own because they are very aware of their condition. They are who receive the message of the good news of the gospel with joy in their hearts, they are the ones who see in Jesus the hero who rescues them from eternal death, they are who are see in Christ total freedom from the bondage of sin. That is why, those who have more sin and have a personal encounter with the Lord Jesus love Him more and more and they are willing to share the good news with others.
On the other hand, those who see themselves as good people, as righteous, they see no need to receive Jesus into their heart because they think need no repentance. Unfortunately, this misconception of false goodness and justice could take the dangerous path of eternal perdition. The truth is that there is on earth no human being good enough to believe that they do not need to be saved by Jesus. All have sinned!
And no matter if we believe that our sin is less than that of a serial murderer, a rapist or a terrorist. In the eyes of God, there is no big or small sins, a simple “white lie” is such as grave sin before God as 168 people dead and 680 wounded caused by the bomb placed by Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City federal building.
When a sinner repents and accepts the gift of salvation that God gives him or her, there is a party in heaven because a new name has been written in the Book of Life. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, came to rescue the lost sheep and invites to each of us to join in the search for the millions of human beings who are now lost and are slaves of sin. For each of them, Jesus shed the last drop of His precious blood to give redemption. Let’s get right with God by repenting of our sins and then we spread the good news of salvation to those who have not heard. God bless you.