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The Lost World
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Have you heard something over and over until you don’t pay much attention to it? It’s not that you don’t like it. It’s just that you already know the beginning, middle, and end. Or do you?

If you were raised a Christian and have heard Bible stories and parables over and over it is easy to just skim over them and think I already know that. I know I have been guilty of doing just that. But if we slow down and dig deeper into God’s word, I believe we will find we have only been scratching the surface.

For me, the parable of the lost sheep was a recent example of seeing a familiar parable in a different way. Perhaps others have thought of this before, but it was a new thought to me. I read about the shepherd leaving the ninety-nine sheep and going and looking for the lost sheep. He looks until he finds it and carries it home on his shoulders. Then he rejoices with his friends and neighbors. 

Different Visual Image

This time, I had a different visual image of this parable. I had always thought of the shepherd as Jesus seeking and carrying each of us individually home. This time I imagined Jesus carrying the world. The other unfallen worlds are the ninety-nine not lost. We are the one lost planet. Jesus had to come to us. He took upon Himself the weight of this whole world. Jesus carried our sins while on the cross. Also, there will be great rejoicing when He takes us home. Great rejoicing!

Jesus does seek and care for us individually, but He also had to come for us collectively as a fallen, lost world. When I imagine Jesus carrying this world, I get a better feel for the immeasurable, crushing weight that Jesus must have felt. It makes me appreciate even more what He did, not just for me, but for the whole world.

Jesus truly is our Good Shepherd! Let’s take time to read and study His words with a renewed anticipation and a desire to hear His voice. We need to open our eyes and hearts to see the beauty and truths Jesus has given us.

“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6).

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