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The 99 and the 1

The Reckless Love of God

Matthew 18:12-14

“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off”

If you have $100, would you leave $99 unprotected to go find that $1 that you dropped? No, I’m sure you wouldn’t. That would be stupid. It wouldn’t make sense to risk $99 for $1. But what if that $1 was extra valuable to you? Maybe that’s the dollar that your grandma gave you before she passed away? Well, then, we would say you really, really, love that dollar. Because of its high intrinsic value, you might be reckless when it comes to finding that dollar.

Like that one special dollar, Jesus cares sooo much about the lost. He deeply cares about our salvation, so much so, that he would do CRAZY things to get us back when we are lost. I don’t think this parable is about the 99 or even the 1, I think its about God’s crazy and reckless love. It would be stupid of the shepherd to go after the 1 when the 99 could also get lost or hurt. Just like it would be crazy of you to go in search of the $1 when there's a chance someone might take your other $99.

This parable shows us the love of our shepherd. God deeply cares about new believes. He deeply cares about those who are alone, lost, and hurting. And because of this crazy love He is willing to recklessly chase after them. Losing all ‘common sense’ to go find them and bring them back home.I think this parable is used to give us a glimpse of the vast, senseless, love that God has for us. This love makes no sense, this kind of love is just incomprehensible.

His love for us is crazy, insane even. It is not right, nor is it deserved. But He loves us anyway and for that I am so grateful.

To Him be the glory