Summary: This sermon decribes who is the most important in the church. Many of us have our focus on the wrong person.
The Most Important One
Matthew 18:12 - How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?
Luke 15:4 - 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?
In this study we are concerned with the lost sheep.
Word web defines lost as; people who are destined to die soon
I am not talking about the sheep that has quit or gone out to start their own herd without proper permission or simply thinks that they know a better way than the Shepard.
No we can let those go and don’t ever have to look their way again (unless of course if they need us). (Matthew 8:22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.)
The sheep I am talking about is the one who has given all that they know how to make it but somehow just does not cut the mustard. This is the most important sheep.
It takes a great amount of consideration for the Shepard to care for the sheep enough to follow him into the dangerous mountains to get him
If we used the logic of conventional math and science we would probably conclude that the economical value of the one lost sheep in comparison to the ninety-nine that are safe is really not that great
It is tough enough for a good Shepard to lead the ninety-nine that are not lost but to have to leave them to go for one that is lost could be drastic and could cost him everything.
While he is gone after the one there are so many things that can happen to the ninety-nine.
By making a special effort for the one, the Shepard has to be willing to put everything on the line.
This would be a noble act for a Shepard but Jesus said if any man.
This means that the one in charge of the sheep could be anybody. The sheep don’t even have to belong to this person but since he has assumed responsibility for their health and welfare.
Since he has placed a commitment to someone that he would be willing to place their safety above his own he is now obligated to put it all on the line to ensure the safety of the sheep
I have had the opportunity to watch authentic sheepherders in their line of work.
In my observation I have come to a conclusion that sheep are wonderers they don’t pay attention to where they are going they just follow the leader.
The leader can do no wrong in their eyes so they follow without question
The sheepherder for the most part has to take a break when they take a break. Although the sheepherder is the only one that knows the final destination, if the sheepherder is smart he will only move at the pace of the slowest sheep which could be pretty slow in the case of injured or weak sheep
For the sheepherder to leave the ninety-nine sheep in anyplace other than a designated and predetermined place for safety can be utterly dangerous.
One scripture says he has to be willing to leave the ones that are safe in the wilderness (Luke 15:4)