THE LOST SHEEP
"Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear
him. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying. This man
receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. And he spake this parable
unto them, saying, What man of you, having a 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? And when he hath
found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he
cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying
unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
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."
The Pharisees and the scribes were very upset with the Lord Jesus
Christ. Jesus was very popular with sinners. And so he was inviting
them to come and eat with him. And he was receiving them. Now the
Pharisees didn't like sinners. The Pharisees were religious people
they were the holy men of the day. And they had a disdain and a
distaste for sinful men. But there was something about the Lord
Jesus that attracted sinners t him. Now they were doing exactly
what Jesus had told them to do. In the last verse of the previous
chapter Jesus had said let him or he that hath ears let him hear.
So the first verse says, that sinners were doing exactly that
they were drawing near to hear. Jesus was inviting them and they
were coming. And they were having a good time in the presence
of the Lord Jesus. Now Jesus attracted sinners himself not
because he catered to them. it was not because Jesus changed
when he was around them nor was it because Jesus compromised
his message to win them. But there was something about the Lord
Jesus Christ that they wanted. Jesus had something in their life
which they knew they needed and which they desperately wanted.
And so sinners were attracte ...
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