In Luke 15, Jesus talked about the lost sheep, lost coin and lost son. A person had 100 sheep and one got lost. The owner was disturbed and left the 99 to look for the lost one. When a sheep gets lost it can’t say it and you can’t know where it is. It may be lost, relaxing or tired. If left alone it may be attacked by wild animals.
An old woman lost a coin and the old lady was disturbed. The coin could not say where it was. The old woman searched for it and when she found it, she made merry.
The lost son asked for his inheritance earlier than expected. After getting the money the young man left for a far away country. He spent all his money with friends, till he had nothing. The friends then laughed at him. He sought a job to feed pigs and due to hunger, he felt like eating pig feeds. At this point he came to his senses and realized that his fathers servants were well treated and had enough food to eat.
He remembered the riches in his father’s home and how the servants were well treated. He made a decision to go back to his father, repent and request to serve as a servant.
This man is no more today, but we have his story and need to realize that many are lost. A parent cannot deny parentship even for a rogue child.
The problem of the young man was hunger. People have many other challenges besides hunger.
God is our father. We have been lost. If an earthly father could be compassionate with his son, welcome him and kiss him, how else would our God behave. God is ready to embrace us if we come back to our senses, go back to Him and repent. Let’s not assume that since we are sinners, that our verdict is only to wait for hell.
The Bible assures us that “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.”John 3:16 GNB. God is ready to receive us back, even as we consider ourselves as great sinners.
Jesus proclaimed twice in this chapter that “In the same way, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 respectable people who do not need to repent.”
In the same way, I tell you, the angels of God rejoice over one sinner who repents.”Luke 15:7, 10 GNB