Fresh Hope – 8th July 2017

Jesus tells a story in Luke 15 in response to questions being asked as to why He hangs around with people of doubtful reputation.

He responds by saying, “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? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbours together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 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.”

Now I read this story and think to myself, what shepherd would leave his 99 sheep, leaderless, vulnerable and unprotected to go after one sheep who ran away.? This story makes no logical sense.

Yet the reason this story makes no logical sense is because the love of God is illogical. God is willing to leave the majority in pursuit of the minority, because He loves people that much. And if you desire to be someone who loves others the way Jesus does, you’re going to have to realise that it will be risky, it will be uncomfortable, and at times it may make no sense whatsoever.

This story is a representation of us and God… We are the sheep and He is the Shepherd. And if God displayed this kind of persistent love towards us, how much more should we display it towards others.

He’s the One who never leaves the one behind.

Caleb Burchell

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