…from Luke 15, putting the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son into a bit of the poetic…
If a man has a hundred sheep but just one has gone astray,
doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness to search for it without delay?
And when he finds it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing that it’s found.
Then, once home, celebrations of his joy with friends and neighbors abound.
In the same way, there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner who comes home
than over ninety-nine righteous persons who, wisely, never wanted to roam.
P. A. Oltrogge
You may not be “little,” but the following verse from an old song describes our security in Christ very well. And if any of us learned this song when young but got away from the Good Shepherd, we can know from Luke 15 that He’s so very happy to have us back…
I am Jesus’ little lamb,
ever glad at heart I am;
for my Shepherd gently guides me…
knows my needs and well provides me—
loves me every day the same,
even calls me by my name.
from the song, “I am Jesus’ Little Lamb”
by Henrietta Louise von Hayn