The Sheep That Was Lost

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These photos reminded me of Jesus' words about the lost sheep in Luke and how he pursues us and rescues us from our sin. And I couldn't help but thinking that this is the kind of pastor I'd like to be, going after those who are straying and in spiritual danger. I'm grateful for the men who serve as undershepherds of the Chief Shepherd. Your labor isn't in vain, brothers! Don't grow weary!

"Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them."
So he told them this parable: "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.' Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance." - Luke 15:1-7 ESV

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That sheep is much cuter than my sinful self! Thanks for sharing. Where were these pictures taken? Fun to see 'modern day' shepherds....
Blessings,
His by Grace

This totally reminds me also of a children's book that came with a cassette in the 80s that I listened/read constantly as a young girl called "Blister Lamb" about a lamb and the shepherd. It was about Jesus. The lamb was falling and the shepherd grabbed it from a mountain or something and saved it. These pictures are so great. Thanks for sharing!

Pastor, ur heart's desire on what kind of pastor you would like to be is very inspiring and is such a blessing :D
there is a tendency for most of us, Christians to go on sharing the gospel to the lost but have taken forgranted those that are also straying from the flock.
My mom is a pastor & a missionary who's path have gone astray but by the grace of GOD, just this month, she started attending church again after more than a year of absence in church, our new pastor who celebrates GOD's grace in his sermons, greatly encourage & welcomed her as she came back, praise GOD! Pastors like him and you are greatly needed & appreciated in our churches today.
Thanks! GOD bless u!

Wow! How remarkable to see two people help an animal in grave need. I really like the scripture you added as well.

I can't hear the words "sheep that was lost" anymore w/o seeing Denzel Washington in the movie "Man on Fire". You remember, he's dropping off the girl at the Catholic school and the nun is telling him how much she wishes his job of body guard didn't exist. she begins to quote Romans 12:21 to him but only get's halfway before he quotes the rest of it back to her [with reference to boot]. she looks at him incredulously and he simply replies, "I am the sheep who was lost, sister." That movie has profound implications (if you can wade through the violence) of a man who clearly holds faith in God but is struggling against years of being "lost" and doing all kinds of unspeakable evil in that time.
These images above, speak powerfully in a number of ways:
1. the clear identity with Jesus' parable about the lost sheep
2. the effort made to save (while obviously not equivalent to Christ's sacrifice) show perhaps at least the effort Christ's servants ought to offer in service of their King to seek out and bring back the lost sheep of this world (James 5:19)
3. the way these servants work together to help each other in the effort - the one keeping the other from falling in and drowning himself (Gal.6:1)
Appreciate this very much.
God's peace -
W.

Great site! God bless!

Awesome visual!

Why do you phrase it as, "Going after those who are straying and in spiritual danger?" What do you mean by "spiritual danger?"

I appreciate your heart for people, but I hope you're not implying some sort of sin-sniffing tactics . . .

How long should you chase after a lost sheep?

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