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The Lost Sheep

Recently I joined a writer’s group of single young adults who are all poets. The following article I  shared with the group several weeks ago. They encouraged me to write a poem about the lost sheep and I’ve also included my first attempt at poetry.

As we celebrate Easter this weekend my prayer is that your heart will be touched by how deeply you are loved by God. He sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to die on the Cross so that we could be forgiven and receive salvation in His name. Jesus rose on the third day. Easter’s focus is about remembering our Savior is alive and still rescues lost people.

The Lost Sheep

“The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Luke 19:10

A lost sheep named Chris captured the hearts of people around the world the moment he was found in Australia. Without a shepherd to care for him Chris was weighted down by his heavy wool, dirtied in his environment, unable to fend for himself, and in peril of losing his life. The officers of the RSPCA – Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals found him and brought him to the shelter. Without delay, Australia’s sheep-shearing champion, Ian Elkins, was enlisted to give Chris his first-ever haircut that according to the expert was about seven years overdue.

It took a second round of shearing as the team of five men carefully removed a record-setting eighty-nine pounds of fleece from Chris-enough wool for thirty sweaters. If Chris had not been rescued that day, experts believe he only had a few weeks to live. After a short recovery time of getting used to his new body and having his illnesses treated, Chris was adopted by a loving family who will care for him the rest of his life.

The Bible tells us in Isaiah 53:6 that “we all, like sheep, have gone astray.” Our sin of wandering away from Him to follow our own path is something the Bible says everyone has done. But there is Good News! Our willful disobedience was forgiven when Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son, sacrificially died on the cross while enduring the punishment for our sin. Who is this Jesus? In John 10:11, Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”     

The parable of the lost sheep in Matthew 18:12-14 teaches us how precious we are to Jesus. He will do everything in His power to bring home one who is lost. Like Chris, we were not created to live in isolation. We need the Good Shepherd who is alive today and still rescuing lost sheep. In Psalm 23, David shares how the Good Shepherd takes care of His sheep. David says that the Good Shepherd: makes me lie down in green pastures; leads me beside quiet waters; restores my soul; guides me in paths of righteousness; goes with me; protects me and comforts me; prepares a table before me; and anoints my head with oil. David goes on to say there is more than enough goodness, love, and overflowing blessings from the Good Shepherd to last for the rest of his life.

Those of us who have been ‘found’ are now in Christ’s sheepfold and can be certain the Good Shepherd will lovingly provide all of our needs. Yet, many who have never heard the Good News still wander on their own paths away from God. How many lost people do we encounter every day? Perhaps a precious grandfather, a brokenhearted parent, an autistic child, a misunderstood worker, a depressed soldier, an impatient teenager, a misguided atheist, or a suffering refugee are all waiting for the Lord to find them. Imagine, for a moment, each person’s life being transformed by God’s grace and the power of His love as we, too, have been changed. What joy there is in heaven over the ‘found one.’

Chris is now “a found one” in the loving hands of a capable shepherd living out his life the way it was meant to be. Who will be the next ‘found sheep’ around us?

For His Glory!

From the lost sheep
Chris’ thoughts…

I can’t move. I hurt all over.
Why did I leave the herd?
I’m too heavy. I feel hungry.
Why can’t I find the others?
I’m sad. I feel hopeless.
Where are my sisters and brothers?

Is that a shepherd I see coming in the distance?
I can’t move. I hurt all over.
Why is He coming towards me?
I’m too heavy. I feel hungry.
Is that food He has tucked under His arm?
I’m hopeful. He is getting much closer.

He gives me a cool drink and some food.
Why is He so kind to me?
He removes my heavy coat and bandages my wounds.
Why is this shepherd so eager to help me?
He puts me up on His shoulders and carries me home with Him.
I am not lonely anymore. I gladly lay my head down and rest in His love.

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