“In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!”
From the stories of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son, Jesus goes to great lengths to express the importance of just how much value our Heavenly Father places on just one. Certainly he cares about the multitudes, as seen when Jesus feeds the five-thousand with just a few loaves and fish, but it seems as though his heart rejoices even as much, if not even more, over “the one.”
It’s a concept that may seem foreign to us. If I had ninety-nine and lost one, I don’t know that I would be too worried about it. Jesus, however, communicates a different concept as it relates to the heart of our Heavenly Father.
Even in the story of Tamar, we see His concern for “the one.” Of all the generations that were being birthed, what significance would one more child, born to one widowed woman make? Yet God saw to it that Tamar received the child she was due, through her deceased husband’s blood line, even if He had to do it a different way.
It’s easy to talk about things in mass, but it’s a harder concept to grasp when it comes down to you. Yes, God loves the world, but in that mass love, He sees, loves, and cares so deeply about you! You, as one person and one individual, mean so much to Him! So much, that I believe without a doubt, that if you had been the only one, the Father would have sent His Son just for you!