What sin did the lost sheep commit?
Sins are intentional, right?
Sheep are just plain stupid.
It's in their nature to get lost.
Likewise, what sin did the coin commit?
They get lost, period.
(Think of how many times you've lost
Your keys, or your cell phone.)
So was it a bad analogy?
Or did Jesus mean that
The + very + definition + of + repent =
God + has + found + you.
The very definition of repent
Is God's joy!
Repenting = rethinking your life
To the point of imagining God's joy
That you are! That you are God's!
You don't HAVE to do anything
You don't have to DO anything
You don't have to do ANYTHING!
God found you!
No point being sheepish about that,
Or chintzy - now - with anything!
(You still don't get it? Well, there was this father, see....)
Scott L. Barton
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. “Or what woman
having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a
lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When
she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors,
saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’
Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God
over one sinner who repents.”