: New Testament Stories

Jesus had been preaching to a crowd of publicans and sinners. The

publicans of those days were the collectors of taxes for the Romans,

and it was a constant complaint against them that they exacted more

from the people than they had any right to do. So they were looked

upon as wicked men, although they were not all bad. Now the Scribes

and Pharisees, who made a great show of religion, so far as outward

forms went, were
greatly shocked at seeing Christ sitting with

publicans, and said, "This man receiveth sinners and eateth with


Then Jesus asked them, "What man of you, if he has a hundred sheep,

and loses one of them, does not leave the ninety and nine in the

wilderness, and go after the lost one, until he has found it? And when

he has found it, he lays it upon his shoulders and takes it home,

rejoicing; and calls together his friends and neighbours, saying unto

them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.'

"I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner

that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons which need

no repentance.

"Again, what woman if she has ten pieces of money, and loses one, does

not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently until she

finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends

and neighbours, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece

of money which I had lost.'

"Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of God's

angels over one sinner that repenteth."