The Redemption of Shaun the Lost Sheep

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The Redemption of Shaun the Lost Sheep

This is the story of Shaun the Sheep. Shaun was a short-sighted Sheep. He is always wandering off and getting lost. He lives with his friends and is a happy sheep. His master loves him and cares for him and provides everything he needs. But Shaun is always wandering off and getting lost. His master calls him and searches for him and eventually finds him and brings him home rejoicing.

Shaun loves to play in the garden on the swings and slide. He loves climbing trees. But Shaun is a short-sighted Sheep.  He is always wandering off and getting lost. His master calls him and searches for him. He eventually finds Shaun and brings him home rejoicing.

Shaun loves to help out in the church. In the office and the kitchen. Making tea and coffee and washing up. He loves making music and playing with computers and distracting the staff. But Shaun is a short-sighted Sheep. He is always wandering off and getting lost. His master calls him and searches for him. He eventually finds Shaun and brings him home rejoicing.

Shaun’s favourite place is the Sunday Clubs. He loves playing in the crèche with the toys and reading Bible stories. But Shaun is a short-sighted Sheep. He is always wandering off and getting lost. His master calls him and searches for him. He eventually finds Shaun and brings him home rejoicing.

Shaun loves to be in the Church and help with the flowers and straighten the chairs. But Shaun is a short-sighted Sheep. He is always wandering off and getting lost. Then one day Shaun gets really lost and is put in the lost property box. Oh dear. His master calls him and searches for him but cannot find him. His master is very, very sad. So his master leaves his other 99 sheep and goes in search of Shaun. He searches very high and low.

Eventually he finds Shaun, sitting in a charity shop window. He looks very sad and lonely. His master goes into the shop and gladly pays the price to buy Shaun back. His master is so happy to find Shaun. He brings him home rejoicing. And that’s the story of Shaun the Sheep. Shaun the short sighted sheep who was lost and redeemed. His master paid to get him back. That is what ‘redeem’ means – to pay for something you really want back.

You know we are like Shaun the sheep. Sooner or later we all get lost and lose our way. The Bible says, “we all like sheep have gone astray” (Isaiah 53:6).

But we don’t have to stay lost. Jesus said “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11).  That is how he ‘redeemed’ us. He bought us with his life.

Titus says, “[Jesus] gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.“ (Titus 2:14)

The Book of Romans explains it like this: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-24)

Ephesians says, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” (Ephesians 1:7)

We are all like Shaun. Whether you are lost or found. Jesus promises today: “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:27-28)

Jesus wants us to listen to him and come to him and stay close to him so that we will never get lost again. Lets say a prayer to thank Jesus for redeeming us.

Thank you Lord Jesus for loving us so much that you gave your life to redeem us, to buy us back. Help us to listen to your voice through the Bible. Please purify us and make us a people that are your very own, eager to do what is good. In Jesus name.

You can see lots more photos of Shaun the Sheep here and on Flickr here

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