The Parable of the The Good Shepherd (John 10)

Good afternoon everyone,

I hope your week is going well. I am looking forward to a little farmer’s market and seeing some of you for our soup and bread this evening at the Daniels’ home.

This week we continue our series on the parables with a favorite, the parable of the Good Shepherd. Here it is from two different Gospel accounts:

“What do you think? If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.”

(Matthew 18:12–14)

“Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” (Luke 15:1–7)

Queries:

  • I wonder which part of the parable you like best?
  • I wonder which part of the parable you think is the most important?
  • I wonder where you are in the parable?
  • I wonder if there is any part of the parable that we could leave out and still having all the story we need?

I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday.

Faithfully,

Wess