Even the back on Sunday's bulletin blessed me so I'm stealing it and sharing it with you!
Without further ado, the back o' the bulletin in it's entirety...
Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him,
to hear Him. And the Pharisees and scribes complained saying,
"This Man receives sinners and eats with them."
So He spoke the parable to them, saying: Luke 15:1-3
Luke 15 is the chapter of the three Lost Parables, these being the three very famous parables of the lost sheep, lost coin, and the lost, or prodigal, son.
Each one contains tremendous truths. Last week we just scratched the surface on the first two of these mentioned. This week we will study the third.
Yet notice when Jesus prefaced the parables, He identified them not as three parables, but one-- the parable.
Another layer in these parables or "the" parable is a picture of the Godhead.
Look, and think this through.
The first parable of the lost sheep... singular, a sheep... never forget the love of God personally for you!
But also it was the shepherd who went out and found the sheep.
Jesus is our Good Shepherd. He did the traveling, He left the abode of the presence of His Father.
Isaiah writes, "All we like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way."
The Good Shepherd, our Lord Jesus has sought us out and borne us on His shoulders! It is He who carries us!
In the story of the woman looking for the lost coin, we see a wonderful type (picture) of the Holy Spirit.
Most often a coin bears an image... usually the choice of the leader.
We are created in the image of God. It is the Holy Spirit who is the one illuminating Christ to us, pointing us to Jesus and giving us the conviction that we need a savior.
It is the Holy Spirit that diligently seeks us.
Of course the third parable... the prodigal son-- an obvious picture of God the Father and His love for us. Giving us liberty, letting us go, yet never divorcing us from His love, and always welcoming us back.
While we have wasted great portions of our lives, He rises upon seeing us return to Him, greeting us in the finest of robe, with ring and shoe... not waiting for us to clean-up and be presentable, not merely tolerating but celebrating our desire to be with Him. What a great God we have!
by Liz Lemon Swindle
by Pastor Jim Courson 2010