TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY
LOST PROPERTY (1)Luke 15:6
‘…I have found my sheep which was lost’ Luke 15:6 NKJV
A fun way of remembering what’s in Luke 15 is thinking of it as the lost property cupboard. But unlike the sort of things you usually find there – manky P.E. shorts or mouldy Tupperware boxes – all these things are precious. Open it up and take a look. There’s the parable of the lost sheep, the lost silver coin, and the lost son. Let’s start with the lost sheep story, which runs from verse 3 to 7. If you can, give it a read now, and then come back.
Done? Right-o. This parable shows us two amazing things about Jesus, our Shepherd. 1) We get a real sense of how God values you. It’s easy to think that one sheep out of a hundred might not be missed. But, just like shepherds would be compelled to track down a single missing sheep, the Good Shepherd was driven by His compassion to find us when we were lost. If you were to be the only person who ever lived, Jesus would have gone to the cross and died for you! 2) We see that God will go to amazing lengths to save you, because it is His joy to do it. ‘When [the shepherd] has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing’ (Luke 15:5 NKJV). Jesus doesn’t just save you then duck back into heaven. He keeps you on His shoulders, bearing you up and giving you strength. His promise is, ‘…I will never leave you nor forsake you’ (Hebrews 13:5 NKJV).
Read this parable yourself in Luke 15 and ask God to show you other things. There’s nothing like reading the book with the Author beside you.