Heavenly Joy – Luke 15:1-7
We have a wonderful group of men at Parkway, men who spend hours in prayer, in planning, in thought and in hours concerned for our spiritual well-being. It’s a labor of love and it is also a lot of work. Just imagine a shepherd out in the field with his sheep and everything is going smooth. The sheep are grazing and staying close, there is perfect weather it’s a perfect day with his flock. When suddenly, the shepherd notices one of his sheep has wondered off. Now he is troubled, but what about all the others? There isn’t anyone to help him look for the one who has wondered off.
Jesus told us story just like this in Luke 15:1-7, in it he says who wouldn’t leave the flock of ninety-nine to find the one lost sheep. This points out the way He loves each one of us; the way our shepherds love each one of us. So what does this parable mean by one wandering off? It means, one falling into the trap of sin, they lose their way and find themselves lost, hopeless and away from their family in Christ. The good shepherd comes to the rescue, he grabs them up, places them on his shoulders, brings them back to the fellowship of the flock and the protection of the shepherd’s oversight.
The greatest feeling a Christian could have is the conclusion of the story. The great celebration that takes place when the wonderer is returned to the flock. It’s not only a joy here on earth and even more joy in heaven when one sinner repents, but also because of the great efforts of the shepherd who seeks and finds the wonderer and returns them back to the flock.
Thank our elders for their labor and their service and let us rejoice with the angels in heaven for the ones brought back.
I can’t wait to see you.