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Delivered By
Pastor Will Lott
Delivered On
February 26, 2017 at 11:00 AM
Central Passage
Luke 15:1-7
Subject
Once Upon a Time... Stories from Jesus
Description

Jesus taught a lot using stories we call parables.  A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.

 

Jesus tells of three precious and valuable things that were lost for different reasons:  the sheep was because of its foolishness; the coin because of the carelessness of other; the son because of deliberate choice.  Today we examine the parable of the lost sheep.

 

Luke 15:1-7

1 Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. 2 And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.” 3 So He spoke this parable to them, saying:

4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ 7 I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.

 


The Situation


1)    He criticized the religious leaders.

The religious leaders muttered, saying, “This man receives sinners” (Luke 15:2 NKJV & KVJ).  Some translations say “welcome.” 

We must never grow calloused like the Pharisees.  

 

2)    He clarified the nature of God and the nature of salvation

 


The Sheep


Isaiah 53:6a - All we like sheep have gone astray…

 

Followers of the Lord have been compared to sheep.  Why?  

 

+ Sheep are Senseless

Proverbs 16:25 - There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.


+ Sheep are Defenseless

+ Sheep are Directionless

+ Sheep are Helpless

 


The Shepherd


 

Luke 15:4-5

4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

 

The shepherd is a portrait of God (Psalm 23) and of Jesus (John 10).  Let’s draw some parallels between shepherds and The Good Shepherd.

 

+ The shepherd had a close relationship with his sheep

The shepherd called them by name.  

Isaiah 43:1 - But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.

 

+ The shepherd had a distinctive voice.

John 10:27 - My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

 

+ The shepherd walked in front instead of behind to lead and to face danger first.

Deuteronomy 31:8 - And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.

 

+ The shepherd was equipped with a staff and a rod.

God watches over us and will protect us in every battle we face.  You can face every battle knowing that the battle is the Lord’s.

 


The Salvation


Salvation is the work of the shepherd alone.  The sheep needs only to stop running and submit to the shepherd’s rescue.  Look what the shepherd did for the lost sheep in this story.

 

+ The shepherd noticed.

Psalm 34:15 - The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry.

 

+ The shepherd left.

 

Philippians 2:5-11 (NKJV)

 

+ The shepherd searched

+ The shepherd carried.

+ The shepherd rejoiced.

Luke 15:6-7

 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ 7 I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.