There is nothing more endearing than a lamb. This is me in my earlier life when I lived and worked on our family farm, bringing in a lamb we found next to its dead mother.
We did a lambing beat each day to check the ewes and bring in any orphans and we were really happy when one was found. We did our best to search for the little ones and save them.
In the same way the Lord goes out of his way to search for and save us. Jesus said;
“For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.
“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?
And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.
In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.” Matthew 18:14
“He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.“ Isaiah 40:11 (Old Testament)
This shepherd loved us so much He laid His life down for us.
Jesus said “I AM the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father, and I lay down my life for the sheep.” John 10:14-15 (New Testament)