Return of the lost sheep

Prodigal SonLuke 15: 1-10 (NAB)

Now all the tax collectors and the sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him. Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” So He told them this parable, saying, “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.

“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.”

In this Gospel of Luke, Jesus shares a set of parables in an effort to explain to his following the jubilation associated with the return. Later in Luke 15, the discussion turns to the parable of the prodigal son and his return.  Jesus is teaching his followers about reconciliation.  He discusses how great the excitement is when a sinner who’d turned from God repents and returns.  In the time of Jesus as now, life is filled with temptation.  Too often, we succumb and give into the temptations and these draw us away from God.  When we then experience tribulation, we turn back to God and ask for His support and mercy to help lift us from this burden.  God blesses those who are humble and in-service to him always.  He can count on these people to do what is right.  These folks are few and they do not fill the hand of God in volume.  For God, winning back the heart and soul of a lost sheep rings the bells heaven.  We must continue to focus on winning hearts and souls over in the name of Christ.  How will you choose to live today?  Will you turn your back on God and indulge in the wonderful things He’s provided for you or will you recognize your failures and ask forgiveness and vow to improve your behaviors?

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