Would You Rejoice whith Jesus?

 

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“And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me: for I have found my sheep which was lost.” (Luke 15:6/KJV).

Jesus was criticised for his attitudes towards outsiders of the religious society of the Jews. The Pharisees disliked his spending time and eating with people who were known to be sinners.

Obviously owning and tending sheep was a fairly common occupation in those days. Jesus tells them they would always seek to keep their sheep together. If perchance one of hundred sheep should get lost, they would leave the others and search after the one that was lost.

Finally having found the lost sheep they would be very happy and even call their friends and neighbours to rejoice with them. Apparently, people were prone to feel with and be happy with a shepherd, who could secure his possession, who had found a lost sheep.

Very commonly even in Old Testament times the relationship between a shepherd and his sheep has been compared to that between God and his people. You might think of the twenty third of the psalms, which is the best known example. Here Jesus is taking up this ancient imagery.

There were social outsiders in the religious society in Israel. The publicans kept closer to the heathen rulers of the Roman administration than was commendable for a religious Jew. Of course they had the opportunity to take too much money from their own people. Then some others were known to adhere to practices that were forbidden by the Mosaic Law or by Jewish customs.

Jesus refers to those individuals as to the lost sheep of Israel. He took special care of those outsiders. He even says this was one of the purposes of his coming. He was called by God to do that.

“For the son of man is come to save that which was lost.” (Matthew 18:11/KJV).

Jesus did care about those who did not really believe. In our time there are many people who do not believe in God.

Would you rejoice, if a non-believer should decide to turn to God? They may be people who previously had developed some “gruesome” habits! Will you rejoice with Jesus, whenever a lost sheep should be found? Are you prepared to lovingly receive them within your church fellowship?

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Auf meinem deutschen Blog möchte ich kurze Texte über Matthäus 11 Verse 28 bis 30 veröffentlichen und die frohe Botschaft von Jesus Christus anschaulich machen. Es lohnt sich, Jesus Christus zu vertrauen. On my new English blog "Motivation of Christian Love" I am sharing my thoughts on 1 Corinthians 13 and other bible texts.
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4 Responses to Would You Rejoice whith Jesus?

  1. Homer Les says:

    “Would you rejoice, if a non-believer should decide to turn to God? ” Ye, yes I would.

    Blessings,
    Homer Les
    http://www.uncompromisingfaith.ca

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  2. Thank you for leaving the link to your new blog, as you have moved.. I wanted to take time to read some of your posts before I reply. – You do not always know if somebody has turned to God. Often you can only sow out the Christian message. Jesus says, there is joy in heaven about every sinner repenting,. So if you do rejoice about a decision for Christ you have something in common with heaven.

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  3. Homer Les says:

    You are so welcome. As missionaries of faith my wife and I have a two-fold approach. She actively engages people with letting them know about the good news of Jesus and I focus primarily on encouraging maturity in Him. As a team it works wonderfully. We s o much want to see people set free. What I find astounding is how open unbelievers are to the truth of Jesus. The fields really are ripe. What is hard to bear is so few believers mature in their faith enough to spread the Word to everyone God brings to them. That breaks our heart. Thus the two-fold approach God has given us!

    You are very right about not knowing if they turn to God. Their free will is sacred and we must not violate it. My wife has found great wisdom, and success, with Ray Comfort’s approach. She has learned much from him and found it works amazingly well. You might want to look into this for evangelism. https://www.livingwaters.com/

    Blessings to you!

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  4. Blogging gives you a chance to share something with people you will maybe never meet. Some bloggers who are following mine are themselves publishing outspokenly Christian content. Others just do share their thoughts about life. I do not get very many comments so far. As my blog is growing I cannot follow in return all who are following me. Yet I pray and I hope that my blog will be of value to all of my readers. Many of my posts can be beneficial for anybody regardless of his or her positioning to the Christian faith. Motivation, love and relationships are subjects that relate to all of us. Yet I do not hesitate to also publish explicitly Christian content. Of Course already the name of my blog shows it is concerning Christian views.

    – Thank you for this link to livingwaters.com. I have been watching one or two videos and I think I will return there again. Greetings and God bless!

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