THE LOST AND FOUND COLUMN (1)
Luke Chapter 15 is sometimes called “the lost and found column” of the Bible. In it you find the parable of the lost sheep, the lost silver, and the lost son.
Let’s start by looking at the lost sheep. Like all of us, the sheep had no intention of losing its way. It probably thought it wasn’t lost at all.
This parable shows us two wonderful things about Jesus, our Shepherd:
(1) The value God places on you! Some of us would say, “It’s only one out of a hundred sheep, no big deal, nobody will miss it.” Wrong! The Good Shepherd will! Understand this: If you had been the only person who ever lived, Jesus would have gone to the cross and died just for you. Next time you feel worthless and unloved, think about that!
(2) The lengths to which God will go to save you! To save Cornelius, a Gentile, God broke down social and religious barriers and sent Peter, a Jew, down to Caesarea to preach the gospel to him. Heaven cannot shut its ears to the cry of one lost soul! When Cornelius prayed, God replied, “Your prayers…have come up for a memorial before [me]” (Ac 10:4 NKJV).
And here’s a gem: “When [the shepherd] has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing” (Lk 15:5 NKJV). Jesus will not only save you, He will “carry” you when you feel you can’t go on. His promise is, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb 13:5 NKJV). One Sunday when preacher-author Charles Spurgeon was on the pulpit, a man jumped up and shouted, “I’m lost!” Spurgeon replied, “Thank God, you’ve just been found!”
“I have found my sheep which was lost.” Lk 15:6 NKJV