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Lost and found!

Scripture reading for March 24th:  Luke 15

Jesus loved to tell stories that had practical basis in everyday life but spoke to the spiritual life of individuals as well.  We call these ‘parables’.  Luke 15 contains three ‘lost and found’ parables that Jesus used to respond to the religious leaders who mocked Him for spending time eating with ‘sinners’.

 

The first story Jesus told was about a shepherd with 100 sheep.  One sheep was lost, so the shepherd left the 99 and searched until he found the lost sheep.  He carried the sheep back and called his friends for a celebration!  “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who don’t need to repent.”  (Luke 15:7)

The next story involved a woman who had ten silver coins and lost one in her house.  She searches for the lost coin until it is located and calls her neighbors for a celebration!  “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”  (Luke 15:10)

The last story involved a man with two sons.  The younger son asked his father for his share of the inheritance and left home to end up wasting the money.  The older son stayed home and worked.  When all was lost, the younger son repented and decided to return to his father and ask for mercy.  The father saw the boy coming, and was filled with compassion and ran to meet him.  His son confessed his sin and asked for mercy.  The father restored the boy and called for a feast.  “For this son of mine was dead and is now alive again; he was lost and now is found.”  (Luke 15:24)

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Heaven rejoices!

Scripture reading for April 12th: Luke 15:1-32

Heaven is a wonderful place where there is no death, crying, pain or suffering.  There is joy unspeakable and the glorious presence of God filling the atmosphere.  There is no need of light from sun or moon, because God’s glorious presence actually lights up the place!  (Revelation 21:1-7)  (Revelation 22:4-5)  What could cause a place like heaven to break forth with exceeding rejoicing?  What event here on earth actually provokes a joyous response in heaven?   Today’s reading gives us revelation about these amazing outbursts of joy!

Jesus told three parables to counter the accusation of the Pharisees and Law teachers: “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” The first parable was the lost sheep of the shepherd with ninety-nine safely in the fold.  This shepherd left the flock in search of the lost one and found it.  He was full of joy and placed the scared sheep on his shoulders and went home.  When there, he called a party and had a celebration with his neighbors and friends!  This parable was a picture of what happens in heaven when one sinner is found!  “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner that repents than over ninety-nine that do not need to repent.” (Luke 15:7)

A second parable involved a coin lost in a woman’s house from ten coins she had saved.  She searched diligently until she found the lost coin.  She called all her friends and neighbors and had a party! “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10)  As a coin of that day bore the image of the King, so each person bears the image of God.  God rejoices when they are safely home!

The final story was of the lost son.  This prodigal had left his father and taken his inheritance and then wasted it.  He found himself in a pigpen and then decided to repent and go home to his father.  Father ran to greet him, kissed him, and restored him.  He killed the fattened calf and threw a party.  The lost son had come home!  This is what causes heaven to rejoice!  Isn’t it time to come home to Father’s house?   What a party awaits and heaven loves to rejoice when the lost return!

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This man eats with sinners!

Scripture reading for October 24th: Luke 13-15

“Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear Him (Jesus).  But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Luke15:1-2

Are you a person who welcomes sinners?  Are you comfortable around those that the culture would consider outcasts or unacceptable?  Would those who are “sinners” see you as a person that they would feel comfortable hanging out with?  Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to seek and save the “lost” of this world.

When He walked the earth, He sought out people who were open to His message of the Kingdom.  It was on one of those occasions that Jesus responded to the muttering of the religious leaders about His hanging around sinners.  He told them three parables to help them understand the heart of God for those who were lost.  The first parable was about a man who had a hundred sheep and found out that one of them was missing.  He left the main flock to go and search for the lost sheep.  When he found that lost sheep, he called friends and neighbors together and celebrated!  The moral of this story was that there was joy in heaven over one lost person being restored!  (Luke 15:7)

Another parable concerned a woman who had lost one of ten silver coins.  She searched diligently in her house until finding it and then invited friends to rejoice with her for her restored fortune!  The same bottom line is emphasized.  There is joy in heaven over one sinner who repents!  (Luke 15:10)

The final parable concerned a man who had two sons.  One wanted his inheritance right now.  His father gave him the money and he left to squander it on loose living.  He ended up eating with pigs to satisfy his hunger!  This lost son decided to go back to his father and beg for mercy. The father was watching for his lost son, saw him coming, and ran to meet him.  After a brief apology, the father restored this son and threw a party of celebration!

We truly have a friend in Jesus Christ.  He loves lost people.  Our Father in heaven sent Him to help those willing to return to Father’s House.  If you are not “home”, reach out to Him today!  His arms are open wide!

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Heaven rejoices!

Scripture reading for April 12th: Luke 15:1-32

Heaven is a wonderful place where there is no death, crying, pain or suffering.  There is joy unspeakable and the glorious presence of God filling the atmosphere.  There is no need of light from sun or moon, because God’s glorious presence actually lights up the place!  (Revelation 21:1-7)  (Revelation 22:4-5)  What could cause a place like heaven to break forth with exceeding rejoicing?  What event here on earth actually provokes a joyous response in heaven?   Today’s reading gives us revelation about these amazing outbursts of joy!

Jesus told three parables to counter the accusation of the Pharisees and Law teachers: “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” The first parable was the lost sheep of the shepherd with ninety-nine safely in the fold.  This shepherd left the flock in search of the lost one and found it.  He was full of joy and placed the scared sheep on his shoulders and went home.  When there, he called a party and had a celebration with his neighbors and friends!  This parable was a picture of what happens in heaven when one sinner is found!  “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner that repents than over ninety-nine that do not need to repent.” (Luke 15:7)

A second parable involved a coin lost in a woman’s house from ten coins she had saved.  She searched diligently until she found the lost coin.  She called all her friends and neighbors and had a party! “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10)  As a coin of that day bore the image of the King, so each person bears the image of God.  God rejoices when they are safely home!

The final story was of the lost son.  This prodigal had left his father and taken his inheritance and then wasted it.  He found himself in a pigpen and then decided to repent and go home to his father.  Father ran to greet him, kissed him, and restored him.  He killed the fatted calf and threw a party.  The lost son had come home!  This is what causes heaven to rejoice!  Isn’t it time to come home to Father’s house?   What a party awaits and heaven loves to rejoice when the lost return!


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