Summary: Examining the Lost things of Luke 15
The Lost Things of Luke 15
In Luke 15, TWO distinct things happened. The publicans and sinners came to HEAR Christ and the scribes and Pharisees came to condemn Christ.
The Lost Sheep
Christ tells them a story, or parable, about a lost sheep. (Luke 15:4) What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that one which is lost, until he find it? (5) And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. (6) And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. (7) I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
When a sheep is lost, does the sheep know it’s lost? Does the sheep come back saying “Oops, I’m sorry, I got lost?” NO! That sheep stays lost until Christ finds it. That is why we preach the Gospel to everyone. (John 10:11) I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. (John 10:14) I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
The good shepherd gave the great commission (Matt 28:19) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
THE LOST COIN
The coin didn’t know it was lost, it was a coin. The coin had value just like the sheep had value. The lady looked for the coin just like the shepherd looked for the sheep. (Luke 15:8) Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? (9) And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbors together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.(10) Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. There is JOY in Heaven when a sinner repents. Is there JOY in Heaven because of you? That coin had extreme value to the lady. How much is your soul worth to God...Didn’t Christ die for your soul?
The Prodigal Son
A man had two sons. There was nothing odd or peculiar there. But one of these two sons decided to leave home. This was still not peculiar. BUT, this leaving son decided to “SPLIT SHARES.” He wanted his inheritance; he wanted his “fair share.”
(Luke 15:11) And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
Poor Decisions and riotous wasted the monies divided to the son from the father. (How many times have we wasted the blessings from God?)(Luke 15:13) And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
(14) And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
Destitution set in
(Luke 15:15) And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
(16) And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
Realization set in
(Luke 15:17) And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
Repentance sets in
(Luke 15:18) I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
(19) And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
Resolution set in
(Luke 15:20) And he arose, and came to his father.
Forgiveness set in
(Luke 15:20) But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
Repentence and Confession sets in (Luke 15:21) And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
Forgiveness is given
(Luke 15:22) But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:(23) And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:(24) For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.