Luk 15:1 One day when many tax collectors and other outcasts came to listen to Jesus,
Luk 15:2 the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law started grumbling, “This man welcomes outcasts and even eats with them!” Luk 15:3 So Jesus told them this parable: Luk 15:4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them—what do you do? You leave the other ninety-nine sheep in the pasture and go looking for the one that got lost until you find it. Luk 15:5 When you find it, you are so happy that you put it on your shoulders Luk 15:6 and carry it back home. Then you call your friends and neighbors together and say to them, ‘I am so happy I found my lost sheep. Let us celebrate!’ Luk 15:7 In the same way, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine respectable people who do not need to repent. Luk 15:8 “Or suppose a woman who has ten silver coins loses one of them—what does she do? She lights a lamp, sweeps her house, and looks carefully everywhere until she finds it. Luk 15:9 When she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, and says to them, ‘I am so happy I found the coin I lost. Let us celebrate!’ Luk 15:10 In the same way, I tell you, the angels of God rejoice over one sinner who repents.”
The text is among the parables of Jesus he used to teach his disciples and the people around him. It explains how the Kingdom of God is.
The text speaks to us a particular kind of person. The sinner in God’s eyes! Everyone is invited to ponder on three concerns: 1) The sinner in God’s eyes is lost; 2) The sinner in God’s eyes is precious, and 3) The sinner in God’s eyes needs to be found.
I. Is lost
- Like a sheep that wandered from the flock and needs to be found.
- Like a coin that fell on the ground
II. Is Precious
- Like the sheep that are secured and is worthy of their life (vs 4)
- Like a coin needed for its value (vs 8)
III. Needs to be found
- God seeks it
- God rejoices when he finds it.
There are different reasons why we can wander away from God. Like the sheep that may have enjoyed searching for food and lost track on its way home. Or it may have been endangered by probable predators and seek a secured place leading to difficulty of returning to the flock.
Every human being in God’s eyes is worthy and valuable. God cannot dispel even the vilest sinner that repents, he searches them to save them from impending destruction. This is the God whom we have known, believe and worship and serve.