1. There were ninety and nine that safely lay

In the shelter of the fold,

But one was out on the hills away,

Far off from the gates of gold-

Away on the mountains wild and bare,

Away from the tender Shepherd’s care,

Away from the tender Shepherd’s care.

2. “Lord, Thou hast here Thy ninety and nine;

Are they not enough for Thee?”

But the shepherd made n answer:

“This of Mine has wandered away from Me;

And although the road be rough and steep,

I go to the desert to find My sheep,

I go to the desert to find my sheep.”

3. But none of the ransomed ever knew

How deep were the waters crossed;

Nor how dark was the night that the Lord passed thro’

Ere He found His sheep was lost;

Out in the desert He heard its cry-

Sick and helpless, and ready to die,

Sick and helpless, and ready to die.

4. “Lord, whence are those blood-drops all the way

That mark out the mountain’s track?”

“They were shed for one who had gone astray

Ere the shepherd could bring him back.”

“Lord, whence are Thy hands so rent and torn?”

“They’re pierced tonight by many a thorn;

They’re pierced tonight by many a thorn.”

5. But all thro’ the mountains, thunder-riven,

And up from the rocky steep.

There arose a glad cry to the gate of heaven,

“Rejoice! I have found my sheep!”

And the angels echoed around the throne,

“Rejoice, for the Lord brings back His own!

Rejoice, for the Lord brings back his own.”

1. Admit that you are a sinner. "For all [humans] have sinned, and comes short of the glory of God....[and] the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 3:23)
2. Repent now. "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out ...[for] if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness " (Acts 3:19, 1 John 1:9)
3. Believe that God loves you and Jesus died for you. "God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet Sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)
4. Invite Jesus into your life through prayer of faith. Jesus says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Revelation 3:20)