The Lost Found (Luke 15:1-10)

Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear him. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 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 do not need to repent.

8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”  (Luke 15:1-10)
 
Learn it:

            Over the past few weeks, Jesus has done a lot of teaching about the importance of surrendering your life to Christ and the consequences of that decision.  In chapter 15 he begins to shift gears and shows the heart of God in reaching the lost.  The Pharisee’s back then often condemned Jesus for how he spent so much time with the “sinners”.  Jesus wanted to show them how much God wanted to bring all people into a relationship with him.  He does it by sharing three parables, and we will look at two today.  The two parables are about a lost sheep and a lost coin.  Have you ever lost something and felt the anxiety over the loss?  How you cannot rest until you find it?  God wants people to know him and be in community with him. 

            The things that are lost are not extravagant, priceless things.  They are modest and it should show us that God is going to be searching hard for all people.  No one is too small or insignificant to him.  We also see that when the sheep and coin are found it is a cause for celebration!  All of heaven is going to rejoice when one person repents and surrenders their life to Christ!  If heaven is rejoicing then we should be rejoicing here on earth as well. 

 Live it:

            We are called to live a life patterned after the life of Christ.  He goes after all people and builds relationships with people who society may call unworthy.  Many times we like to stay in our comfort zone and not talk to people who are different than us.  We must not get complacent and push ourselves out of our bubbles!  We must talk to those neighbors that annoy us, or our co-workers that we’d like to avoid.  Maybe there is a family member who you’ve witnessed too many times and they keep rejecting the gospel.  Persevere.  Just like the shepherd had to take time and energy to find the one lost sheep.  We must take time and energy to love those that are lost.  How can you love your neighbor?  How can you have a conversation with a co-worker?  How can you communicate the gospel in a new way to your family member that it might click for them this time?  God did not give up on you so you should continue to be faithful in loving the lost.

 


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