“Man overboard!” When that phrase is heard aboard a ship, everyone stops what they are doing. The entire crew becomes unified behind the one great cause, which is to save a person who has fallen into the waves. Why? Because a life is in danger of being lost. And, this is the sentiment behind Jesus’ parable in our scripture passage below. When people are lost spiritually we should lay all else aside to rescue the perishing from sin, death, and hell by sharing with them the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ.
(Luke 15:3-7) 3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.