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This complaint was once brought against Jesus. They said, “He takes in sinners and eats meals with them, treating them like old friends.”  

Jesus heard and told this story:  

“Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’ Count on it—there's more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.’  

Excerpts from Luke 15:1-7 MSG

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