Think about a time you were lost, maybe in a store, and couldn't find your mom or dad. Or maybe you were separated from your friends at school. Or perhaps there was a time you wandered away from your house and couldn't find your way back home.
- How did you feel (scared, alone, left out)?
- How did others feel when they thought you were lost (worried, separated, helpless)?
Being lost is a scary feeling. Many people, adults and children, are lost right now, and they don't even know it! They are lost in sin. That means they don't know about Jesus; they don't know how to find their way back to God. That is why Jesus came. He came to seek and to save the lost. Jesus came to die for our sins and rise from the dead. Jesus himself is our way back to God.
That is why Jesus calls himself our Good Shepherd. A shepherd takes care of his sheep, and if even one sheep wanders away and gets lost, the shepherd will go and find it and bring it back. Jesus came to find sinners and save them. He came to find and save you and me! You are his precious lamb, and he wants to keep you close to himself always.