Lambert the Lost Sheep

viaadmin Children's Feature, Volume 40

Lambert was walking around the field on his shaky little legs. Like most lambs, he could walk very soon after he was born. He was calling for his mother because he was getting very hungry. Lambert’s sad bleating echoed in the field.

The shepherd, Mr. Goodman, heard the hungry little lamb. He knew Lambert didn’t have a mother. He also knew there was a lonely mother sheep in the same field. She was looking for her lamb but her lamb had died. Because the mother sheep only wanted her lamb, Mr. Goodman had a plan to bring Lambert and the mother together. He caught Lambert and covered him with the fleece from the other lamb. It was like a big fuzzy blanket. Lambert wasn’t sure he liked it! The shepherd led Lambert over to the mother sheep. She could only smell her lamb because Lambert’s smell was covered up, so she decided she would be Lambert’s mother. He was very happy.

Like Lambert, you and I need to be adopted. The Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross and took our punishment. When we accept Him as our Saviour, our sin is washed away. God then sees us as part of His family, fit for Heaven.

Lambert grew up in his flock. His fleece grew nice and thick. He acted just like the sheep he was. He saw his friends wiggling through a hole in the hedge and he followed. He didn’t stop to think of the trouble he might get into. We are like that too! The Bible says, “All we like sheep have gone astray” (Isaiah 53:6). We follow people and do foolish things.

In England, where Lambert lived, there are brambles. Brambles have many sharp, spiky thorns. Lambert with his fluffy coat got caught in the brambles. If he had backed away, he would have been free, but instead he panicked. He turned around and around in circles looking for an escape. More and more thorns found his fleece. Lambert was held tighter and tighter until he was firmly stuck. He needed Mr. Goodman to rescue him.

Like sheep, we get ourselves into trouble. Have you ever done something wrong and lied to cover it up? We are so stuck in sin that we need the Shepherd to rescue us. Thankfully the Lord Jesus Christ said, “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd gives His life for the sheep” ( John 10:11). He will rescue us when we ask.

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