Ninety-Nine and the One

Matthew 18:10-14  “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.  (12)  What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?  (13)  And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray.  (14)  So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

Luke 15:1-7  Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him.  (2)  And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”  (3)  So he told them this parable:  (4)  “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?  (5)  And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.  (6)  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.’  (7)  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.