Luke 15. Forum Discussion

Chapter 15 is comprised of three parables:

  • The Parable of the Lost Sheep
  • The Parable of the Lost Coin
  • And the Parable of the Lost Son

Let’s look at these one at a time.

THE PARABLE OF THE LOST SHEEP- LUKE 15:4-7

Jesus tells this parable to the Pharisees and the scribes who were giving Him a hard time saying, “This man received sinners and eats with them.” Jesus responds in Luke 15:4-7, “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.”

God knows that we are all sinners and that from time to time we all can get lost. Just like in the parable, when we “come home” and put God first in our lives, heaven rejoices. Don’t ever feel like you have no hope. Remember what Paul wrote in Romans 15:13, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

THE PARABLE OF THE LOST COIN – LUKE 15:8-10

“Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!’ In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

This parable compliments the first parable nicely. When we get lost in sin, we can “come home” by deciding to turn away, or repent, from the sins in our lives that contradict God’s commandments. When we do, “There is joy in the presence of the angels of God.”

THE PARABLE OF THE LOST SON – LUKE 15:11-32

And He said, “A man had two sons.  The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.’ So he divided his wealth between them.  And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living. Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished.  So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.  And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him.  But when he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger!  I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight;  I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.”’ So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.  And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet;  and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate;  for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.

 “Now his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing.  And he summoned one of the servants and began inquiring what these things could be.  And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him back safe and sound.’ But he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began pleading with him.  But he answered and said to his father, ‘Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends;  but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.’ And he said to him, ‘Son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.’”

In this parable the lost son believes that his sins are so bad, that he is no longer worthy to be called his father’s son. He believes that the only relationship he can salvage with his father would be to return as one of his servants. He underestimates his father’s love. When the father sees his son returning in the distance, he runs to him, embraces him and kisses him. The father then sends for the best robe to be taken to his returning son along with a ring for his finger, sandals for his feet, and the best calf to be prepared for dinner. “For this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.” And they began to celebrate.

All three of these parables involve somebody or something that was lost. Have you ever heard somebody say that their sins were, “So bad” that God could never forgive them? That simply is not true. Do not underestimate the love of God. As it says in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Don’t ever feel that you are too far gone. Like the lost son’s father, your Heavenly Father is waiting, hoping that you will return to Him, and ready to rejoice with the angels when you do! Amen

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