I’m preaching this week from Luke 15:1-10. Luke 15 is a great text about what it means to be lost and found, about the joy Heaven has over reclaiming a valued thing that had strayed; a fresh reminder of God’s desire to reclaim us, to rejoice over us when we have been found.
The following is the text from the NIV. Read it, meditate on it, consider the earnest desire God has to find and rejoice over you. If you’ve been running from God your whole life it is worth asking “why?”. If for years you have claimed to be in the ‘found’ category, do you realize that even today the love of God is as fresh and strong as it was when you first believed, that He still rejoices in claiming you as his own? Then where is the joy, the freedom that this strange Gospel brings? May this text melt the icy, hardness of our hearts with the warm reality of the intense love that God has shown us, etched in the red blood of the Crucified Messiah on Calvary.
1Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear him. 2But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”3Then 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? 5And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7I 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? 9And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”