One Good Shepherd

He’ll Never Rest ‘til He Finds You

by Pastor John Hamel


“What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repents, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.” (Luke 15:4-7)


Jesus is the Good Shepherd. (John 10:11,14)  A good shepherd will never rest until every lost sheep is found and returned to the sheepfold.  


A good shepherd will leave his flock under the guardianship of another and go off hunting for that one sheep that has wandered.  


Every sheep is precious to the shepherd.  Every ewe, every lamb, every ram is precious to the Good Shepherd.


In the Bible, sheep are often used to picture the lost spiritual condition of humanity.  


The Bible says, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6) 


Some have wrongly taught that Jesus compared people to sheep because “sheep are exceedingly dumb and completely lack sense.”  They could not be more wrong.  


My wife and I both have a great love for sheep.  We’ve taken much time to learn all we can about them and to understand them. 


Sheep, in fact, are very intelligent.  They can actually learn their own individual name and come to you when called by name.  


Sheep have the reputation of being “dumb” because of the way they protect themselves from predators.  They have no biting-type teeth, no claws, no quills, no odorous scent to spray, etc.  


Sheep defend themselves by simply fleeing.  When flocking together and running they often bang into unseen obstacles, which make them appear to be “stupid” when they are not.  


Jesus did not compare us to sheep because we are “dumb” or “stupid.”  


Jesus compares us to sheep because we are defenseless and unprotected without Him, the Good Shepherd.  We are like sheep without a shepherd. (Matthew 9:36)


Jesus also compared us to sheep because they were one of the most precious commodities of His day.  We are precious to Him.  


When any one of us is lost in our sin, He’ll take the time, pay any price and go to every effort to find and save us.  


“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.“ (Luke 19:10)  He’s the Good Shepherd. 


When a good shepherd finds his lost sheep, he doesn’t beat or punish the sheep for wandering off.  


Though the shepherd may be exhausted from relentless searching, fretting and even from exposure and hunger, he rejoices upon finding that one precious lost sheep.  


Throwing the heavy sheep upon his shoulders, he rejoices in spite of the extra burden and often-long trek back.  


Arriving home the neighbors are notified and the party is on


Jesus said this is exactly what happens in Heaven whenever a “lost sheep” says, “Jesus, thanks for coming to find me.  You’re One Good Shepherd.  I’ll not wander off anymore.” (Romans 10:13)


This message from Jesus was placed into your hands on purpose because He’s deeply concerned for His “lost sheep.”   


If you accept Jesus as your Good Shepherd, just say, “Jesus, You’re my choice.”  He’ll see to it that you arrive home safely in Heaven. 


Pass this message on to someone else who is lost and they’ll be found, too. (Mark 1:17)


Be Blessed … John and Barbara Hamel



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