Jesus loves nothing more than bringing sinners to repentance and showing them the joy of their salvation in Him.

Scripture: Luke 15:1-7

ESV Text: Luke 15:1-7

Luke 15:1-7 (Listen)

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

15:1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his 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. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 15

     1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. 3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 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? 5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. 7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 477, st. 3:
Lord Jesus, Thou the Church’s Head

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

3. Help us to serve Thee evermore 
With hearts both pure and lowly; 
And may Thy Word, that light divine, 
Shine on in splendor holy 
That we repentance show, 
In faith ever grow; 
The power of sin destroy 
And all that doth annoy. 
Oh, make us faithful Christians! 


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