Posted by: iamlillian | April 2, 2009

Leaving 99

i heard this song by Audio Adrenaline on radio yesterday…

and searched on youtube and found this…

the lyric talks about the parable of Jesus (Luke 15:1-7) – The parable of the Lost Sheep.

The parable of the lost sheep was told by Jesus when the Pharisees criticized Him for socializing with sinners. Through this story of compassion, Jesus revealed his rescue mission for sinners.

The parable begins with a straying sheep. A sheep apart from its shepherd is defenseless and in grave danger. Jesus views any person apart from Him as lost. How is he lost? His sins alienate him from the holy God, leaving him groping aimlessly in darkness.

“So justice is far from us, and righteousness does not reach us. We look for light, but all is darkness; for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows” (Isaiah 59:9).

The shepherd in the story, however, didn’t despise his straying sheep. With a heart of compassion, Jesus also values each sinner the Father entrusts Him…

The parable of the lost sheep also illustrates Christ’s attitude toward the saved sinner. The parable gives no indication of the shepherd ever rebuking or chiding. Instead, he hoists the sheep upon his shoulders and takes it home. An adult sheep may weigh anywhere from 110 to 125 pounds; it would be no small effort to carry one over the shoulder. For joy over finding that which was lost, the shepherd bears the discomfort.

Likewise, Jesus bore the weight of our sins upon the cross. As High Priest and Mediator, He continues to bear our cares and infirmities before the Father.

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness. . . . For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls” (1 Peter 2:24-25).

After reading this parable again as my devotion this morning, i am once again grateful and joyful knowing that God’s amazing love endures forever and He loves and cares for each of us, just as we are, and bearing all our sins and shame on the Cross, so that we may be set free again and come back the relationship with God again.

Forgiveness He offers, to whoever that come with faith believing who He is and all that He has done.

Just as Easter is around the corner, i am once again reminded of Jesus’ sacrificial love that is incomparable and so precious. That He became the bridge of Life so that we can come to God again.

Thank You, Lord Jesus.

<Leaving 99 by Audio Adrenaline>

I’m lost and broken all alone on this road
The wheels keep turning but the feeling is gone
when I fear I’m on my own
But you remind me i am not alone

You say..

I’d leave ninety-nine
Leave them all behind
To find you
(For you alone) I’d leave ninety-nine
Leave them all behind
To find you

It’s dark and lonely and the path is unclear
Can’t move my feet because I’m frozen with fear
And you say, my child, my child
i am always here, i’m at your side

I’d leave ninety-nine
Leave them all behind
To find you
(For you alone) I’d leave ninety-nine
Leave them all behind
To find you

you’re never too far down
i promis you’ll be found,
i’ll reach into the mud,
my repay, ?
persue you to the end,
like a faithful friend,
nothing in this world,
will keep me away…


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