Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Your Talking about Sheep?

Below is the daily Bible reading I am doing for West Side Church of Christ. Feel free to follow along.

Sheep were a major part of life in the time of Jesus. So in Matthew 18 when Jesus is talking about a shepherd and a lost sheep they were easily able to understand what he was talking about. Today many of us are city/suburban dwellers. While we might not be in the middle of a sprawling metropolis like Cincinnati, many of us do not live in the countryside on a working farm.

A couple of years ago the Christian band Kutless released a song called Sea of Faces. Below are the lyrics to that song.

I see the city lights all around me
Everyone's obscure
Ten million people each with their problems
Why should anyone care

And in Your eyes I can see
I am not just a man, vastly lost in this world
Lost in a Sea of Faces
Your body's the bread, Your blood is the wine
Because you traded Your life for mine

Sometimes my life it feels so trivial
Immersed in the greatness of space
Yet somehow you still find the time for me
It's then You show me Your love

And In Your eyes I can see
And in Your arms I will be
I am not just a man, vastly lost in this world
Lost in a Sea of Faces
Your body's the bread, Your blood is the wine
Because you traded Your life for mine

If only my one heart
Was all you'd gain from all it cost
Well I know you would have still been a man
With a reason
To willingly offer your life

I am not just a man, vastly lost in this world
Lost in a Sea of Faces
Your body's the bread, Your blood is the wine
Because you traded Your life for mine

Just one in a million faces


I think this song is a great take on this Biblical story. Jesus is saying that God cares even about one little lost sheep that he is going to go out of his way to rescue it. In this song, the author believe that he is not just a man lost in this world, that he is not lost in the sea of faces, while he is one in a million, even a billion, God still cares about him enough to willingly offer his life for his.

Friends, God has done that for you. He has offered his life for you ... He has traded his life for yours ... You are not lost in the world ... you are not just one face in a sea of faces ... you are precious to God.
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