One in Ninety Nine

Well it’s been a heck of a month so far.  And yet, even in the messes and yuck of things, I’m always being reminded daily of so much of the good that God has and continually does for us.   This is an open thread, but I have a few thoughts I want to ‘throw out’ and see what folks come up with for discussion.

Earlier this week, Daisy and I were talking, and well, the topic of being a black sheep came up.  I’ve always considered myself somewhat the black sheep of my family. Not in a bad way though.  Never a perfect kid, I did try and be a good one. But my views, thoughts, and convictions have kind of made me the pitied one lol.  Politically, socially minded and of course my strong Biblical beliefs too, so I don’t mind being thought of as naive or pitiful.

I have to wonder how many of us are considered black sheep. Maybe not in our families, but in the eyes of those around us who aren’t believers.

But the fact is, thinking about it, we were actually black sheep before we became believers.  Jesus came to seek and save the sinners, which includes everyone who ever lived, and yet so many for different reasons rejected and still reject Him.  And yet He loves us all so much. He loves the black sheep.

He sat with sinners and publicans at meals, He constantly had masses of ordinary, lowly and sick following Him wherever He went, and yet those who considered themselves already saved by their religion, or those who believe they’re good enough openly grumbled at His spending so much time among those degenerates who were to be shunned.

And he spake this parable unto them, saying, What man of you, having an 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?

This is a loaded parable, but look at it this way:

You are the one in ninety nine that Jesus found.  And what did the Shepherd do when that happened?

Did He mock you for being foolish, was He disgusted for being a mess, lost and dirty?  Did He condemn you or punish you for your waywardness?  The simple answer is a joyous NO!

And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

He carried you to safety and called upon everyone rejoicing that you were found.   I love that  there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

You see,  Jesus loves sinners, even the worst among us, and prefers those of us who were black sheep, because we knew we needed Him.  And when He finds us, He doesn’t make us find our own way, He carries us in His way. He’s not critical or condemning, but elated.

Jesus is Grace which seeks, Grace which accepts, Grace which carries, Grace which rejoices.  And most of all, Grace which loves.

Are we black sheep?  Once we were to Him, but now that we aren’t, we might be considered as such by the world.  I don’t mind that at all, because I am glad that I was one in ninety nine.

OK It’s open!  Have a blessed and beautiful day all!

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