October 11, 2013

The Father’s Love

“In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10

Whenever I acknowledge my need and my brokenness to God, He blesses me, he strengthens me, and he lifts me up. God desires that all men should come to him and that the lost shall be found. All through chapter 15 of Luke, Jesus illustrates how the lost are pursued by God using examples like the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son. When the man finds his lost sheep, he calls together his friends and neighbors and says, “Rejoice with me!” When the woman finds her lost coin, she calls her friends and neighbors and says, “Rejoice with me!” And finally, when the father discovers his son isn’t dead after all but has returned home, verse 22 tells us, “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.’”

Jesus directs these stories to the Pharisees and scribes who are grumbling that he is associating with tax collectors and sinners, those who were considered outsiders. Unfortunately, like the older brother in the Prodigal Son parable, they are not rejoicing. But like the angels and the Father in Heaven, let’s always rejoice as we remember that Jesus’ mission was to seek and save the lost. Luke 19:10.