“Which of you men, if you had one hundred sheep, and lost one of them, wouldn’t leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one that was lost, until he found it?” – Luke 15:4
Does the shepherd care when one of His sheep has left the security of the fold? He has a hundred in His flock, so does He care that one of them has gone? Does He miss one among so many? Christ has millions of holy beings about Him – angels and redeemed saints – who never go astray. Does He care when on earth, in the middle a great city, or out in some lonely country town, one soul wanders away into the darkness?
Yes! Christ misses that person, no matter who, that strays away. Did any mother ever have so many children that if one of them wandered from home she would not miss it? Our understanding of Christ’s love for us is warped if we think He loves us only as a race and not as individuals. The father of a stolen child said, “So long as I live I will continue to go up and down the country, looking into the face of every boy I meet, trying to find my own lost child.” Think of that weary, broken-hearted father going from city to city and giving up everything in this one sad search! Then think of Christ seeking the lost one that has wandered away from His home of love. Behold Him, weary, with bleeding feet, as He goes on and seeks until He finds.