(Matthew 18:12-14; Luke 15:3-7)
Yes, you read that one correctly. Jesus shares this parable about a crazy shepherd who owns 100 sheep and loses one of them. This shepherd leaves the 99 he still has in order to go out looking for the one that strays away, thus risking the loss of other sheep. Sure doesn’t sound like good business to me.
I mean, come on, it’s one measly sheep. Doesn’t add up. We might even call it baaaaad math.
Jesus finishes the story with a happy ending as the shepherd indeed finds the lost little lamb (now feeling a bit sheepish) and returns home ready to throw a party with friends and neighbors in order to celebrate this “great find.” Personally, I wonder if the guy throws the party to also celebrate the other 99 who didn’t fly the coop while he was away on this hide and seek adventure.
Excerpt from “Forgiveness Formula: Finding Lasting Freedom in Christ” by CJ Hitz.