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The First Parable: The Lost Sheep


“The First Parable: The Lost Sheep,” New Testament Stories (2005), 86–87

“The First Parable: The Lost Sheep,” New Testament Stories, 86–87

The First Parable

The Lost Sheep

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A good shepherd had 100 sheep. One of them was lost.

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The shepherd left the 99 sheep to look for the lost one. When he found it, he was very happy.

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The shepherd carried the sheep home. He called to all his friends and neighbors to come and be happy with him. He had found the lost sheep.

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Jesus Christ told the Pharisees what the parable meant. He said that those who sin are like the lost sheep.

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Just as the shepherd wanted to save the lost sheep, Jesus wants to save those who sin.

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Jesus said that was why He was talking with sinners.

Matthew 18:11 (see footnote 11c); Mark 2:17

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And just as the shepherd was very happy when he found the lost sheep, Jesus is very happy when we repent.