The Lost Sheep
Jesus attracts, seeks, and rejoices over sinners who turn to God.
Why Jesus Attracts Sinners...
Jesus’ Teachings Give Hope (15:1-2)
“Tax collectors” are social outsiders who are despised and ostracized by both believ- ers and unbelievers (Lk. 19:8).
“Sinners” are easily recognizable as people who fall short of who God is (Rms. 3:23).
Jesus is attractive to spiritually broken, financially fraudulent, sexually dysfunctional, addicted people because he communicated a Gospel hope of forgiveness and free- dom (Mt. 9:10-12; 11:19-24; Mk. 2:15-17; Lk. 5:29-32).
“No one ever spoke like this man...”-John 7:46
Pharisees are self-righteous hypocrites who see the sins of others while not seeing their own sin (18:10; Rms. 2:12-29).
Jesus is Attractive When...
1) You Make Jesus Relatable
Broken people are willing to be near and hear Jesus through you because they know they are lost and wandering.
Jesus’ heart for receiving and eating with sinners is a poignant reminder to build meaningful and purposeful relationships with outsiders (Lk. 2:25, 38; 12:36; 23:51; Acts 23:21).
2) You Communicate Jesus’ Teachings
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”
-Jesus in John 10:27-28
Jesus’ message-the good news of eternal life-attracts broken people because he loves, leads, and eternally secures everyone who follows him.
How Jesus Seeks Sinners...
Jesus Goes After Lost Sinners (15:3-5)
Jesus is the loving shepherd who will “go after” wayward sheep (15:3-4).
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”-Jesus in John 10:10-11
Everyone enters this world “lost”-alienated, hostile and strangers-to God (15:3-4; Gal. 4:8; Eph. 2:12; 19; 4:18; Col. 1:21).
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way...” -Isaiah 53:6
Jesus is the shepherd who leaves his flock in the “open country” while seeking you out because you would never seek him (15:4; Rms. 3:11).
Jesus is your shepherd who took your sin at the cross to bring you back from “lost” wandering to being “found” by God (15:5).
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”
-1 Peter 2:24-25
Jesus Goes After Sinners By...
1) Seeking and Saving Lost Sinners
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
-Jesus to Zacchaeus in Luke 19:10 Jesus never gives up on pursuing you even when you are not pursuing him.
2) Pursuing Other Sheep
“I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.”-John 10:15-16
“Some want to live within the sound of the church or chapel bell. I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.”-C.T. Studd
When Jesus Rejoices Over Sinners...
Jesus Celebrates When Sinners Repent (15:6-7)
The “lost” who are now “found” gather together to “rejoice” in the flock of the church (15:6).
The church comes “together” as the “home” flock for wandering sinners (15:6).
“Repentance” is a change of your mind that leads to a confession of your mouth that brings a transformation in your life (Acts 20:21).
“Godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret...”
-2 Corinthians 7:10
God-”heaven”-rejoices when you repent because your sins are wiped away, judge- ment is avoided, and your life is forever changed (Mt. 3:8; Lk. 13:3; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 11:18).
“I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”-Jesus in Luke 5:32
Jesus Celebrates Over Sinners Repenting Because...
1) God is “For” You
“Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?”-Romans 2:4
God is for you not against you, and waiting to welcome you home.
2) You Must Repent
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient to- ward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” -2 Peter 3:9
Jesus is waiting to receive you just as you are if you will turn to him by faith (Acts 20:21).