And he spoke this parable to them, saying,…
I. CHRIST'S ANXIETY TO SAVE THE LOST.
1. He knows the sinner's present condition.
(3) Feebleness. No strength apart from Christ.
2. He adopts active means for the sinner's recovery..
(1) He seeks.
(2) He finds.
II. HIS JOY OVER THEIR SALVATION.
1. This joy is represented by the shepherd laying the lost sheep upon his shoulder, and carrying it home rejoicing. We know why the shepherd acts thus. The sheep is wearied and distressed by its wanderings. If let loose, it might again escape and wander farther than ever from the fold. If it were allowed to walk by the shepherd's side, it might be devoured by beasts, who are watching for their prey even in the shepherd's presence. You must all see from this representation how safe you, the redeemed of Christ, are.
2. But Jesus not only rejoices Himself in your salvation, He also calls upon the angels of heaven to participate in His joy. APPLICATION:
1. Warning to the indifferent.
2. Comfort to the penitent.
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