Parables are stories. Stories that help us understand a concept. Stories that illustrate a situation or circumstance that we might find in our own lives. In order to help us understand and relate to the lesson, Jesus chooses to teach us through the use of parables. Hey, they are supposed to help us understand, so we should take a look at them. In Luke 15, Jesus is teaching the importance of finding what you're searching for. In the lost sheep parable, the shepherd sets out, purposely to find the one lost sheep. Yes, there are 99 out of 100 sheep right there. They are happy, healthy and safe, but there is one more out there. One more that needs to be found. That one more, might very well, be one of us. Lost and trembling, isolated from others with no idea where to go or where to turn. The sheep hears the call of the shepherds. The lost is found. Celebration ensues when that single sheep finds the shepherd. The lost coin is fairly easy to relate to for most of us. You're standing in line at the store and coins go flying. Hopefully you have a kid with you, because they have been known to enthusiastically search the floor for lost coins. If not, you find yourself down there searching for yourself. Wow! Searching for yourself. Each of us, at one time or another have found ourselves searching for something. It's that moment when you find Jesus that the celebration really starts. You were lost but now you're found. The lost son is more familiar to most of us. He's antsy to see what's out there in the world. He takes his entire inheritance and sets out to find himself. He, eventually, finds himself, broken and beaten down. He longs to find himself once more at home, where he hopes he might find sanctuary. He returns to find restoration. He returns to his father and finds an open armed hug of love and a joyful celebration. Search for yourself and find your way home. It is always the perfect outcome. The Shepherd calls and we answer, we are lost and we are found. Heaven celebrates each time someone finds their way home to Jesus. Angels shout with Joy. The lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son. Each return home is met with a huge and joyful celebration. You're welcomed home.
Luke 15:10 MSG “‘Celebrate with me! I found my lost coin!’ Count on it—that’s the kind of party God’s angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God.”