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14 Illustrations of the Parable of the Lost Sheep 

The Lost Sheep is one of Jesus’ most memorable parables. Perhaps that is because it has proven relatable for believers the world over. Even many who do not identify with Christianity understand the concept of wandering or feeling alone.

Yet, no matter how far we feel we have strayed, the beauty of this parable lies in the diligence of the shepherd. Regardless of the ninety-nine sheep that remain in safety, the Good Shepherd notices when His flock is not complete. He recognizes our absence even when it may seem that no one else does. 

Not only does He notice our absence, but He embarks on a long search. Jesus leaves the 99 and never gives up on His quest to help us find peace and safety. He will never force us to come to Him, but He always beckons. Most might expect that after such a long journey, the shepherd would be angry and frustrated when finally reaching the lost lamb. But not Jesus. He has the complete opposite reaction: relief and joy. 

The parable of the lost sheep reads:

“What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 

And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which 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” (Luke 15:4-7).

The return of even one soul is so important to God. As the scriptures suggest, it holds more weight than even ninety-nine souls that were never lost, to begin with. This idea of leaving more for less is in direct conflict with what society at large tends to value and it says much about God’s nature. 

As with any parable, there are many layers to be unpacked in the story of the lost sheep. However, even at a surface reading, it reflects the memorable teaching by the apostle Paul:

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

Our artists often talk about how they have experienced Jesus Christ’s love in their own lives. They have felt His love for themselves and others. They have felt His rescuing hands, even in the everyday events of being a parent or pursuing their career and they reflect it well in their craft.  We hope you enjoy these lost sheep pictures as much as we do!

Jesus reaching out toward a sheep standing in a field.

The Lost Sheep by Robert Barrett

Jesus keeping watch over a sheep that has wandered from the flock into the rocks.

The Lost Lamb by Doc Christensen

Painting of Jesus witting on the grass with a small lamb in His lap.

In the Shepherd’s Care by Simon Dewey

Jesus holding a black lamb.

The One by Justine Peterson

Modern painting of a lamb on the Good Shepherd's shoulders.

Lamb of God by Jorge Cocco

Modern painting of Jesus rescuing the lost sheep from a cliff.

The Lost Sheep by Jorge Cocco

Modern painting of thethe Good Shepherd carrying a lamb on his shoulders.

The Shepherd by Jorge Cocco

Side image of Jesus carrying a lamb on His shoulders with a smile.

Shoulders by Kelsy and Jesse Lightweave

Jesus with a lamb on his shoulders and standing amid spring blossoms.

Found by Kelsy and Jesse Lightweave

Jesus walking away from a large flock of sheep to reach a distant lamb.

Seek Them Out by Kelsy and Jesse Lightweave

Jesus carrying a lamb on His shoulders.

Rejoice by Kelsy and Jesse Lightweave

For the Love of One by Eva Koleva Timothy

The Good Shepherd by Eva Koleva Timothy

Feed My Lambs by Eva Koleva Timothy

“Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.” (Luke 15:6)

The parable of the lost sheep reminds us of God’s unconditional love. It reminds us that Jesus Christ has overcome all things. No matter how far we wander, there is no territory He has not already traversed Himself. He is the perfect guide to help us find our way back to becoming the person He knows we are capable of becoming. 

After all, the etymology of the word sin simply means to go astray. It means we have become misoriented in our search for the real meaning of true peace. If we trust Christ, He can help us return to the fold. 

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Instagram post featuring Christ walking with a child shepherd down a path.