Lost and Found: Safe and Sound! The Lost Sheep

Lost and Found: Safe and Sound! The Lost Sheep

Updated: Jan 15

Lost and Found: Safe and Sound! The Lost Sheep

A Sermon By: Pastor Henry T. Anderson

Windsor Avenue Bible Church, Oceanside, NY.

www.windsoravenuebiblechurch.org

Luke 15

1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.

2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.

3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying,

4 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?

5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

Intro: I gonna Preach a little Series Called: Lost and Found: Safe and Sound! Based here in Luke Chapter 15. We’re going to look at some things and people that got Lost, Got Found and became Safe and Sound!

Let’s start off with a Question. How many of us lose some things?

According to the “Lost & Found” survey released by Pixie, a location app for iPhones, Americans collectively spend a whopping $2.7 billion dollars every year simply replacing the items they can’t find. And that’s not all, the everyday items we often misplace and more importantly, the amount of time we spend searching for them is pretty startling, too.

Which items go missing the most?

Not so surprisingly, Pixie’s survey shows that more the 45% of us lose the remote controls to our TVs at least once a week—with 71% of us losing them monthly—making them by far the most misplaced item in the survey. Next come phones (33%); car and house keys (28%); glasses (27%); shoes (24%); and wallets and purses (20%), other items we lose includes: Our Socks, Umbrellas, Passports, Driver Licenses and Credit Cards, Jewelry.

We lose out Pets… We lose our Car, You know You walk out of The Shopping Center and You’re like… Where’s My Car?

Its Winter time and we all lose our Winter Gloves…

People lose their Wedding Rings… I wonder why? I’ll tell You why…

People have reported losing Lottery Tickets that they’ve won, Why? Same reason they lost the Wedding Ring!!!

People lose food… McDonalds Story…

People have lost their kids…

And lastly, People lose their mind, hehehehe…

Which means at least one in every five Americans misplaces something important every week!

Let Me show You how I do it: (Show Wallet and Keys)

Believe it or not, Pixie’s research reveals that Americans spend an average total of 2.5 days a year looking for misplaced stuff. That’s nearly half a workweek we lose just searching for things. But time lost isn’t the only costly consequence of being forgetful. The study also shows that 60% of people have either been late to work or school because of lost items, followed by 49% who have missed appointments or meetings, and even 22% who’ve missed flights, trains, or bus rides. Turns out misplacing things can be more than just expensive; it’s a major time drain too.

And let’s look at The Lord’s Teaching on what was Lost and Found and became Safe and Sound. Let’s look at the Joy of finding something that was previously Lost, but now is Found!

Luke 15

1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.

2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.

The following parables were spoken to the Pharisees and scribes who complained. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day divided humanity into two classes: the unclean and the righteous. They decided to live, as much as possible, in complete separation from the unclean. Sadly, some rabbis of Jesus day took this idea so seriously that they refused to teach the unclean God’s word.

The Pharisees and scribes lived separately from the publicans and sinners.

And here Rabbi Jesus, Our Lord and Saviour is teaching not only the Pharisees and scribes, but He’s teaching the publicans and sinners.

We know who the sinners are, but who are the publicans?

The publicans were the Tax Collectors, they were the Tax Man!

Who likes to Pay Taxes! Praise God there’s no Taxes in Heaven!

These publicans weren’t the most honest men. You know how they operated? When they collected the Taxes it was something like 5 for Rome, 3 for Israel and 2 for Me!

But to their credit of the publicans and sinners, they came to listen to what The Lord was teaching, they were Lost and Looking to be found…

Now look at the response of the ones that were not Lost, Verse 2: “And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.”

The Pharisees and scribes murmured, they complained amongst each other that Jesus would hang out with, teach and receive these publicans and sinners…

Maybe The Pharisees and scribes wanted Jesus to themselves…

Maybe, they thought Jesus should be back in The Temple teaching, instead of outreaching to the Lost…

It should be noted that the Pharisees and Scribes must not be seen as all bad. They would have welcomed these people one by one if they had come privately and had ‘repented’ and had been determined to follow their ways, but they would never have sought them out, and such a one would first have had to follow very rigorous procedures in order to be finally welcomed after appropriate cleansing. They therefore totally disapproved of Jesus lax approach.

Jesus was spending time with people who:

Truly Needed God, Were Broken, Were Sinners and were Lost in need of a Saviour!

And Jesus here seeing an opportunity to teach both the Religious Leaders and the Lost a lesson, begins, in Verse 3:

3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying,

Jesus spoke a Parable. What’s a Parable? Teaching Moment!

A Parable is an Earthy Story with a Heavenly Message.

A Parable is different than a Fable. Fables are knowingly untrue, unrealistic fantasy stories that illustrate previously discovered human wisdom. What’s an example of a Fable?

Aesop's fable: The Tortoise and the Hare. What’s the previously discovered human wisdom that’s illustrated? Answer: That is if you sleep and goof off during a Race like the Rabbit did, you’ll lose the Race to a slow but consistent Tortoise.

A Parable is different than a Myth. Myths are fantasy/untrue stories that are accepted as reality/truth themselves. A Myth is a traditional story, typically revolving around the activities of gods and heroes, which purports to explain a natural phenomenon or cultural practice.

What’s an example of a Myth? The Greek myth of Prometheus, a human being who stole the secret of fire from the gods and was punished with everlasting torment, purported to explain the origin of mankind's use of fire.

Parables are true or realistic stories that illustrate a deep spiritual truth not previously understood by man.

Jesus taught in Parables.

Matthew 13:34-35 says:

34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:

35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

And here’s The Parable of The Lost Sheep, Verse 4:

4 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?

So how many Sheep does the man have? 100

How many got Lost? 1

Now Sheep aren’t known to be the smartest animal in the Animal Kingdom… The one Sheep wanders off from the heard and the next thing you know, bahahahaha I’m Lost!

And then what happens? The Goooood Shepherd goesand looks for His Lost Sheep. The lost sheep would never save himself, or find the shepherd himself. If the shepherd did not take action, the sheep was doomed.

Many rabbis of that time believed that God received the sinner who came to Him the right way.

But in the parable of the shepherd and the sheep, Jesus taught that God actively seeks out the lost. He does not grudgingly receive the lost; instead, He searches after them. God finds the sinner more than the sinner does find God.

And Jewish scholars have admitted that this is the one absolutely new thing which Jesus taught men about God – that he actually searched for men.

Ezekiel 34:11

11 For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.

Jesus said in Luke 19:10

10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

We have a seeking God who is seeking after the Lost!

And the result, Verse 5:

5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

And what The Good Shepherd does is that He finds His Lost Sheep,

He picks it up, puts it up on His Shoulders….

When Jesus finds His people He also carries them.

Romans 5:6

6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

Isaiah 40:11

11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

And how’s the The Good Shepherd feeling? Verse 5, Rejoicing!!!

1. There’s Great Joy in Finding Something that was Lost!

Woo Hoo! I found My Sheep!

And just like You Lost that TV Remote that You’ve been looking for the last two hours and You found it, You’re like Woo Hoo! I can watch TV again!

And one important thing we find in this Verse:

a. The fact that The Shepherd sought his sheep until He found it. It wasn’t a question of if He found it, Verse 5 says “when” He found it.

Jesus The Good Shepherd isn’t a quitter. He’s constantly looking at You, He’s constantly searching Your Heart!

2 Peter 3:9

9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

And Verse 6:

6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

The Shepherd returns with his Lost Sheep on his shoulders and he’s very happy about it and he wants everyone he knows around him rejoicing with him!

The emphasis in this parable is not on the 99 Sheep, but on the joy of finding the one lost. This was the error of the Pharisees and scribes who complained. They were not joyful when tax collectors and sinners drew near to Jesus.

7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

Jesus then completes the parable with a comparison. Not only do sinners gather together to rejoice in the finding of what is lost, but when it is a lost sinner so also does Heaven. God Himself rejoices, and all who are with Him, for thereby is fulfilled when one sinner Repents.

You know what’s one thing we get to do in Heaven? We get to Rejoice in over the fact when someone we don’t know, have never met, but when they come to The Lord Jesus and repents of their sins and becomes Borned Again, we Rejoice and Celebrate that in Heaven!

We get see it on here on Earth as well. Aren’t You happy when You see a Lost Friend or someone comes to Church and accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior. Don’t You get excited when You see someone get Baptized!

The only ones left out of the Rejoicing are the religious cynics and those sinners that would continue to stay Lost and who have no time or inclination for such behaviour. They might not have cared when tax collectors and sinners repent, but Heaven cared!

This Parable fulfills Jesus comments earlier when in:

Luke 5:32, The Lord says:

32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Luke 13:3

3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Luke 13:5

5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Now Remember A Parable is an Earthy Story with a Heavenly Message.

What’s the Earthly Story? A Sheep got lost and the Shepherd went out and found him, he was happy and celebrated with friends and neighbors!

What’s the Heavenly Message? When someone that was lost spiritually finally comes home to the Saving Knowledge of God’s Grace Through His Son The Lord Jesus Christ, they are no longer lost to an eternity in Hell, but have Eternal Life in Heaven!

Jesus mentioned the need for repentance in the last few words of this brief story. It’s almost as if He said, “the sheep doesn’t repent, but you need to when God finds you.”

You know what makes Heaven Joyful? Verse 7: “…that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.”

Jesus said Luke 10:20

Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

One lesson that we must not lose sight of is that the one which was lost represents the outcast, and the despised. It represents those who while not precious in man’s sight, are precious in God’s sight.

We’re to Be The Church,

We’re to Love them,

We’re to Outreach to them!

We’re to Preach The Gospel to them!

Proverbs 11:30

30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

And Church, It’s our job to look for those that are Lost.

And sometimes, we’re gonna have to find them and put ‘em on our shoulders and bring ‘em to The Lord Jesus!

Where one The Lord Jesus will say to You:

“Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”

The Old Sheep:

Lost and Found: Safe and Sound!

The Old Sinner:

When The Lord Finds You and You Repent:

Lost and Found: Safe and Sound!

Amen… Let’s Pray

Preached On Sunday, January 12, 2020


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