“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.” —Matthew 18:12-14
The first thing Jesus asks His disciples in this passage is, “What do you think?”
What would you say? Would you leave the ninety-nine for the one? Looking at the content of this passage, Jesus was just telling His disciples that in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven they need to become like little kids. Children represent humility and a sense of dependency on their father and mother. And now He’s talking about vulnerable lost sheep, completely dependent on their master. Jesus is giving us a picture of who He came to save.
Jesus didn’t come to die for us because He saw that there were so many people lost in their sins. Jesus came for each one of us, He will always go out from the sheepfold to save the one.
“He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.” —1 Peter 1:20
Everything done in the Bible was done on purpose. Just look at what Jesus was willing to do for one sheep! Jesus was saying, “I’m willing to go to the mountains for that one, what are you willing to do?”
What are you willing to do for that one person Jesus is calling you to love? Are you willing to go out of your way to talk to that one guy that no one wants to talk to?
If we were able to do open-heart surgery on God, do you know what we’d see? People. God loves people, so much so that He was willing to send His Son to earth to die for them all. If that isn’t the greatest picture of love, then I don’t know what is.
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” —Luke 19:10
We see so many examples of Jesus going after the one. In the parable of the lost son, the father gives up everything to celebrate the return of the one. In the parable of the treasure hidden in the field, the man gave up everything he had to acquire that treasure. Each one of these stories is a picture of what Christ did for us—for the one. Every person who doesn’t yet know Jesus is that one.
—LaMorris Crawford, Chaplain of the Cincinnati Bengals
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