Jesus had been traveling from city to city and preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing all who came to him. Then He took another look at the crowds.
Ask the children…
How did Jesus feel about these people? What happens to sheep without a shepherd?
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36)
Jesus saw the lost sheep of the house of Israel wandering, beaten and bruised and hungry. Just the way sheep would be if they had lost their shepherd. Instead of the religious leaders caring for the sheep and taking them to God’s love and grace to nurture them, these leaders were driving them onward with the law and their harsh rules and killing the Jewish people’s souls.
Jesus is the good shepherd and He had compassion on these lost sheep. He is the same today. He sees so many lost souls out in the world who have no clue where to find living water and food for their souls. Like a shepherd, He yearns to gather these lost sheep in and in order to care for them and bring them to true life and health.
Ask your children if they know of some of these lost sheep? Ask them what they can do to reach out to these lost sheep with the love of Jesus? Make a plan with them to take the first step. Pray with your children and ask for compassion and opportunity to carry out this plan.
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