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September 17

The Seeking of Saviour

“Which one of you, if he has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, would not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go look for the one that is lost until he finds it? — Luke 15:4 NET

Does the shepherd care when one of His sheep has left the fold? He has a hundred in His flock; does He care that one of them has gone? Does He miss one among so many? Christ has millions of holy beings about Him — angels and redeemed saints — who never go astray. Does He care when on earth, in the heart of a great city, or out in some lonely country town, one soul wanders away into the darkness?

“There were ninety and nine that safely lay
  In the shelter of the fold;
But one was out on the hills away,
  Far off from the gates of gold,
Away on the mountains wild and bare,
Away from the tender Shepherd’s care.

“Lord, thou hast here thy ninety and nine;
  Are they not enough for thee?”
But the Shepherd made answer:
  ” This of mine Has wandered away from me;
And although the road be rough and steep,
I go to the desert to find my sheep.”

Christ misses even one, no matter who, that strays away. Did any mother ever have so many children that if one of them wandered from home she would not miss it? We have strange thoughts of Christ’s love if we think He loves us only as a race, and not as individuals. The father of a stolen child said, “So long as I live I will continue to go up and down the country, looking into the face of every boy I meet, trying to find my own lost child.” Think of that weary, broken-hearted father going from city to city and giving up everything in this one sad search! Then think of Christ seeking the lost one that has wandered away from His home of love. Behold Him, weary, with bleeding feet, as He goes on and seeks until He finds.

Daily Word of God - September 17

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