“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds …it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.”
If you know Jesus as your Savior and Lord, then you were the one sheep out of one hundred He went looking for. Wow! Think about it: ”He came after ME?” It helps to keep the awe and wonder of your salvation alive and well.
Sometimes, in my flesh, I look at the decision that God made to send Jesus down to earth to live, preach, suffer and die and I think I would have said, “You want to send HIM down THERE to do WHAT for THEM?” Does that mean I think every person on the planet is a scumbag and undeserving of a Holy Rescue? You bet I do. Now don’t get me wrong…I’m not saying that people are incapable of doing “good things”, at least from an earthly perspective. What I am saying is this: compared to the perfect Holiness of God Himself, we are all scumbags and undeserving of a Holy Rescue.
That’s why it is so amazing that Jesus would willingly leave the ninety-nine and go after the one…the scumbag…the sinner…the writer of this devotional…and you. Many evangelicals can tell you the date of their salvation. We can tell you how we heard the Gospel and at what point we were rescued or born again. But I like to ask a different question: What day was it when you got over it?
Sadly, most of us forget that we are the 1 in 100. We forget just how amazing it is that we are saved at all. We forget just how far our sin had separated us from our Creator and just how desperate our situation was. We forget that Jesus walked away from paradise in order to forge His way through the cesspool of man’s sin so that He could rescue a lowly sinner like me…and like you.
We see t-shirts and signs regarding 9/11 that say “Never Forget”.
We might try doing the same thing with the 1/100.