Luke 15:4-7 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
This was the scene looking into my backyard on Thanksgiving morning:
Remarkable – Though we are laden with guilt, we are not condemned to everlasting damnation, but God gives and imputes to us perfect righteousness.
The meaning of justification is abundantly clear:
for God declares the ungodly,
to be innocent,
and righteous in His sight.