My feisty little dog Rudy thinks he needs to protect our yard from the ducks. Every time I let him out, he runs around the yard looking for some to chase. When the lake got low from the drought, he began jumping down from the sea wall onto the bank of the lake chasing the ducks as far as three houses down. There are some fierce creatures that live in our lake, just waiting to devour that tasty bite-sized morsel. So I leave Coco, hoping she doesn't find her way to the road, and I run through my neighbor's backyards after him. Do you see where this is going? Yes, Rudy is my lost sheep! Jesus trusts that the flock will remain where He left them while He searches for and brings back the one who is missing. Just as Jesus rejoices when a sinner turns from his sin, I am happy to have Rudy back in our yard! I don't love him less because he does crazy things, so you can be sure that Jesus wholeheartedly loves that repentant sinner.
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. Luke 15:7