Luke highlights God’s Devotion to us by relating Jesus’ parables about the lost sheep, coin, and son. These parables highlight God’s incredible devotion for the lost. In the first story Jesus speaks of the danger a shepherd is willing to risk saving a lost lamb. He would leave the 99 in his flock to find the one that was lost. And when found, He would love the lost lamb, carry it to safety and celebrate the lamb’s return without a worry for the other 99.
Next, Jesus speaks of a lost coin. In this parable, Jesus highlights the lengths, depths, and effort the owner would take to find a lost treasure. Neither darkness nor filth would stop the master’s search for the treasure. When found, one sees the relief and celebration for the return of that treasure. At this point, the crowd could relate–but could they really?
God considers each of us as precious treasures. There is no length too far, no risk to big, no search too exhaustive to find and bring his treasures back. He truly loves us and cannot emphasize enough the lengths he is willing to go to save us. There is absolutely nothing else in the world that matches our Father’s love for us, His sheep, His treasure. If we could help the world to understand the depth and length of God’s unconditional love for us, one would think they would immediately accept Jesus, God’s restorative Gift of Life.
God Bless You
Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 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. Doesn’t he 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.
The Parable of the Lost Coin
8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[a] and loses one. Doesn’t she 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.”