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Parables Of Jesus Christ: The Stray Sheep
The Messiah's parable of the stray sheep:
"18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
"Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven"
Although many regard the parables of Jesus Christ as teachings in themselves (which they are), very often they were also used as an example to explain some other immediate teaching. The parable of the lost sheep (verses 12-14 quoted above) is actually about the "lost little ones" that He was describing as an answer to a question:
"18:1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" (Matthew 18:1 KJV)
The Messiah's answer to the question, which He then later illustrated with the parable of the stray sheep:
"18:2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven [see The Gospel of The Kingdom of God].
Fact Finder: How do people become "converted, and become as little children" (Matthew 18:3, quoted above)?