By Aiden Willis
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish. Matthew 18:10-14
Holy week, should bring us all the feels. There will be days during this week where I am deeply grieved over my sin and other days where I am deeply grateful that Jesus rose again. It is a week of up and downs, and after a beautiful Palm Sunday service I am reminded just how good our Father really is. Through that reminder, I can think of one of my favorite parables, The Parable of the Lost Sheep. It’s not my favorite because of the hit worship song that we may sing in our churches every other Sunday, or because it’s a cute insta caption. It’s my favorite because it reminds me of how far the Father, has gone, is going, and will go to save His children. When I think of how far He has gone I think of the cross. God went as far as giving us His Son to save us, even if it was for just one of us. Me and you.
Sis, I wanted us to start this week with a great reverence to our Father, who loved us that much. Yes, He loved us so much that he’ll light up every shadow and climb up every mountain. But sis He loved us so deep that God saw it only fitting to give us Jesus. A Jesus, who did not count himself as equal, but submitted to the will of the Father, and was hung on that wretched cross… and rose on that third day. So as we begin this week, let us praise God for His Son and the Holy Spirit that resides in Him and Us.
Pray with me: Father, as we spend this week in great reverence, may we first praise you. Praise you for your Son. Jesus was and is the greatest gift you could ever give your daughters. Because of him, we are washed white as snow and promised a spot in Your great Heaven. Father you sent him to capture every last one of us and for that we are so grateful. Jesus is our ultimate atonement and our praise will never be enough. Father we love you, it’s in your Beautiful son’s Jesus name. Amen.