Searching Shepherd

The Parable of the Lost Sheep taught by the Lord to disciples in the presence of the hostile Pharisees and Scribes brings to focus the heart of the Good Shepherd. (Luke 15:1-7) Lord Jesus is the Good Shepherd, Great Shepherd, Chief Shepherd, and Only shepherd of the Flock. (Hebrews 11:20; John 10:14, 16; I Peter 5:1-4) Psalmist David writes of his experience as God being his shepherd. (Psalms 23) Shepherds count the sheep by passing them one by one into the fold in the evening. One sheep was missing, leaving the ninety-nine, under the care of assistants, the Chief shepherd goes out to search and bring the lost sheep.
Loving search: The shepherd was not indecisive. Did not call for assistance. Did not wait for some volunteers to accompany him. The shepherd did not send an assistant on his behalf. As the Shepherd took the task upon himself, Lord Jesus took the task of redemption upon Himself. The plan of redemption cannot be outsourced.
Lonely search: The shepherd had to go alone. “Too many cooks spoil the soup.” Lord Jesus had to bear the Sin of the world alone. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Lord pleaded if the cup could be taken away from Him. Yet he accepted to take the lonely path of suffering, death, and resurrection.
Risky search: Searching in the night, in utter darkness is not an easy task. The shepherd should be alert, agile, and vigilant. Wild animals could attack the shepherd. God sent his Son to die, which was an anticipated risk. The Good Shepherd came to lay down His life for the sheep.
Diligent search: The shepherd searches the sheep diligently. He has to think and plan the search operation, take equipment including lamps, and walk without sleep or rest. Ministry and mission demand diligence, it is not for the lazy.
Urgent search: The search must be done fast. Each minute is precious. Delay increases the danger, and the sheep could be dead.
Complete search: The search is complete as the shepherd returns with the lost sheep.
Do I imitate the Good Shepherd?