Saturday, April 2nd, 2016
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. Luke 15:4-7
Providence of God’s Salvation
The parable above describes how much joy the Lord has when He, the Master finds one of the hundred of His sheep which had lost its way. The passage also speaks of how tiresome and difficult it is for God to find a lost sheep. Though the world consists of many people yet the Lord asked here “what a 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?’ This simply goes to show that not all people in a hundred are lost souls. The Lord is saying that He looks for one of those hundred, not all of them are lost to be clothed in the grace of His salvation.
There are really many people and the question is who the lost souls are among them. God knows who the lost souls are. Lost souls basically imply people who acknowledge they are sinners and seek God for the forgiveness of their sins. The lost souls usually know they are sinners and hopeless without God. Sadly, not all people know they are lost. Many think they are okay and righteous in their own ways. Most of them live well without any problems even though they don’t know God. The Lord uses the expression that He leaves behind people who think they have no need of Him even though they are spiritually dying and eternally lost. More so, the Lord never comes to those who pretend they are righteous.
Our Lord came to this earth to save those who feel guilty and condemned because of their sins. Luke 5:32 Unfortunately, out of hundred people, ninety-nine live with absolutely no guilt in their conscience. In Jeremiah 3:14-15 it is written “…. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.” We receive the remission of sins by this kind of miracle, one from a city and two from a family. This is the way we are saved by grace through faith in Christ. Strictly speaking, the probability isn’t very high. Out of all the many people in the world, God met us, the little flock called NCCkl. I hope that we in this church know that we are truly chosen among so many people.
In Luke 15:7 the Lord said, “we are among the ninety-nine just persons.” In this text, the ninety nine refer to those who have received salvation by faith in the righteousness of God that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection. Nevertheless, God rejoices immensely when one sinner repents and receives His forgiveness for sins. The Lord acknowledges us, the righteous who endure many hardships and difficulties while serving the Lord and His Gospel. The Lord is pleased with us, however He rejoices even more when a sinner repents of his sins. Zephaniah 3:17
Dear friends, even now there are souls that God is looking for and whom He earnestly hope to meet. We are the special messenger sent by Him to find these lost souls on His behalf. It is our highest calling to find these souls for God to impart His grace and have them to hear His Word of salvation through us. As such, we must be discerning to find the lost souls among the many people in the world.
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