Reaching for the Little Ones

What is YOUR experience with His outstretched hand?

Reaching for the Little Ones…

“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.” Matthew 18:12-14 NIV

Alford Usher Soord (1868-1915) was a British painter whose most famous work is a depiction of The Parable Of The Lost Sheep, a sheep stranded halfway down a steep cliff and the shepherd hanging perilously over the edge, risking his own life to save it.   The painting was exhibited in 1898 in the Royal Academy and by 1916, over 300,000 reproductions of it had been sold in England and America.

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Soord has captured the great lengths the Savior will go to reach “the little ones”. He doesn’t want anyone to perish! In the painting, it looks as if He is in danger, His feet could slip and both of them would perish. Who would go out on a limb, literally, to save another?

Jesus did.

Calvary, the work of the Cross, doesn’t show Jesus just risking His life; it shows us that Jesus GAVE His life. He did it for each one of us, reaching across the chasm of time and eternity to even save those that no one else would dare try to redeem.

The most fascinating scene from this story is that he left the 99 on the hill just to go look for the one that was lost. Some would say that He was careless, or that He was showing preference.

Thealso did not need coddling; pampering, babying or spoiling…they were safe with the Shepherd.

But the little one was lost; in desperate need of rescue before he plunged to his eternal death.

So Jesus went searching until He found him and brought him back into the fold.

How do we feel when there we see another hanging on for dear life? Do we grumble and complain that we aren’t getting fed, we need

more programs,
more Bible studies,
more preaching,
more singing,
more things for the children,
and on and on and on…

Friends…we truly have this in the Church. I met a congregation who literally said they liked their small family church and wanted to keep it that way.

“If Jesus wants them to be saved He will send them here, we don’t have to go out looking for them.”

But Jesus did.

He risked His life for ONE. He gave His life for ONE.

YOU were that ONE that He reached down to save.

I was that ONE.

Now, will we do the same?

Reaching the Little Ones

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6 thoughts on “Reaching for the Little Ones

  1. Candace

    Breathtaking painting! And what a perfect direction to take with the word reach, Nannette. I’m so incredibly thankful He reached down to save me :).

  2. Chris Malkemes

    Wow. An interesting take on the word “reach.” He reaches out to save. Thanks for sharing. Blessings ~ Chris

  3. Sharita ~7DaysTime (@7DaysTime)

    Gorgeous picture, Nannette! Thanks for sharing it with #EverydayJesus and bringing it to my attention. I guarantee I will never read the parable of the lost sheep the same way ever again!

  4. justamom8225

    I have just found a Church that’s small and I do like it there. I feel as though it’s the right place for me to be while I work on my walk with God.

    Here from the Faith Filled Friday link-up.

  5. Melissa

    So true! I have been guilty of wanting our church not to grow. Its size is comfortable for me and my family. We’ve been to larger places where we always felt disconnected. Yet yes, we need to be reaching out to our communities to spread the Word, to be a light for Jesus. Who are we to withhold the hope that He has given us?

    My FMF post is a little similar to yours. Stop by if you have a chance.

  6. Winter

    Thank The Lord that when we take a tumble , He is always there to reach for us, even in the hardest of spots.

    Winter

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