Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”
So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 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.
“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
by: Gabrielle Watt.
Again, in this passage, the Pharisees questioned why Jesus was associating with sinners. Apparently, they did not understand the answer they had received from Him in Luke 5:32. Regardless of the Pharisees confusion, Jesus continued to teach those sinners. In verses 3-10, He told the parable of the lost sheep. This story is an illustration of how heaven rejoices when a sinner (a lost sheep) repents and turns their life over to the Lord. We too should rejoice when a lost sheep enters the fold, regardless of who they are or what their background is.