The Parable of the Lost Sheep

Luke 15:1-7. Jesus tells another parable. This time about the lost sheep.

Until we know Jesus we are like the lost sheep.

If a shepherd lost a sheep, he had to pay the owner for the sheep he had lost. For a person who did not make much money, it was a lot of money. As the Good Shepherd, Jesus was going to give His life for His sheep.

How often do we see a parable spoken after the Jewish religious leaders (e.g., as here, the Pharisees and Teachers of the Law) have said something against Jesus?

Background Reading:

The Parable about the Faithful Shepherd and the Lost Sheep

15:1 Now all the tax collectors and sinners kept coming to listen to Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the scribes kept complaining, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 3 So he told them this parable:

4 “Suppose one of you has 100 sheep and loses one of them. He leaves the 99 in the wilderness and looks for the one that is lost until he finds it, doesn’t he? 5 When he finds it, he puts it on his shoulders and rejoices. 6 Then he goes home, calls his friends and neighbors together, and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I’ve found my lost sheep!’ 7 In the same way, I tell you that there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous people who don’t need to repent.”
Luke 15:1-7
Also read: Matthew 18:12-14.

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