A story about a sheep that a man has lost
15:3Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees and to those that taught God's rules. Many of them did not want to say sorry to God.
3 So Jesus told them this story: 4 ‘Think about a man who has 100 sheep. He may lose one of them. What does he do then? He leaves all his other sheep in the fields. Then he goes. He looks for the sheep that he has lost. He looks until he finds it. 5 When he finds the sheep, he is very happy. He lifts it up and he puts it across his shoulders. 6 Then he carries it back home. He speaks to all his friends and to the people that live near him. He says, “I have found the sheep that I lost. So come to my house and we can all be happy together.” 7 When one person stops doing wrong things, it is like that. It makes those that live with God in heaven very happy. They will be happier about that one person, than about 99 people who already obey God.’
15:4In this story, a person that is not obeying God is like the sheep. The man that went out to look for his sheep is like God. God looks for him. He wants him to stop doing wrong things. He is happy when the person returns to him.