In teaching the people of His day in person; and leaving the same teaching with us in the written Word; Christ used amazing stories called parables. These parables; drawn from the day-to-day life experiences of the people in His day; taught spiritual lessons. For example; the parable of the lost sheep shows us how the shepherd left the ninety and nine secure sheep to find a lone; lost sheep. Upon finding his wayward sheep; the shepherd was grateful to return it to the fold. We are the sheep in this parable; and Christ is our good Shepherd. He will go to any length to save us because we are so precious to Him. Much rejoicing occurs in heaven when errant souls repent and return to the safety of the Savior’s protection. We are so important to Him that we are continually reminded of it in His Word.