Day 196 – We All Like Sheep
On: May 15, 2015   |   By: SWLadmin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Then Jesus told them this parable: “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. Luke 15:1-7

This story flies in the face of contemporary expectation. What a poor use of resources, neglecting the welfare of the vast majority to rescue the single stray. No survival of the fittest here. And then rejoicing, rather than a brisk ticking off for the one that caused such trouble. What’s going on?

What’s going on, is that we are looking through a window into a different Kingdom. One where those in charge are not trying to pick winners but want to include everyone – even if, apparently, they are losers.

For the truth of the matter is that, by the standards of this Kingdom, everyone is a loser. The only way in, is to allow ourselves to be rescued and carried home.

We have a choice: mutter like the Pharisees at the offence to our pride; or revel in our good fortune and join in the celebration.

Prayer:

Father God, I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. Amen.

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