This is an audio sermon on the parable of the Lost Sheep.
He’s alone. He’s cold. He’s confused. He’s afraid. He’s lost. Such is the life of a sheep without a shepherd or a flock to call his own. Sheep are pack animals; they derive their identity from their shepherd and their flock. Nothing stirs God’s heart like a lone sheep, craving the fellowship of his herd and the comfort of his shepherd.
People, like sheep, are pack creatures. A person derives his identity from his Shepherd and his flock. Without these, he’s alone. He’s cold. He’s confused. He’s afraid. He’s lost. Jesus felt compassion for the crowds because they were “bewildered and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36). I wonder: Does our heart bleed for the same thing?