Found and Found Again
Chapter 15 is a collection of parables. One, well known and no more relatable than the others, just more often told.
Jesus told the tax collectors and the Pharisees, a captive but cynical audience, three stories about loving lost things, maybe hoping they’d all see themselves, realizing they may be caught in a similar story.
They were condescending and doubtful, remarking that he’s the one who welcomes sinners, has dinner with them.
Jesus had their attention. He told of a man who had a hundred sheep and lost one and how he refused to stop looking until that sheep was back in the fold. He told of a woman frantic over losing one coin of her ten, how she swept every corner of her home way into the night until she found it, found that lost coin.
He used both parables to compare God’s joy when one person, just one comes to Him, or decides it is time to come back to Him.
“Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.”
Luke 15:7 ESV
He told about a brother, one of two, who squandered his share of the father’s riches. That father longed for his son’s return and when he returned, the father ran to him. He ran to him!
“And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.”
Luke 15:20 ESV
Every morning, I return to my morning place. I wait for a moment sometimes or I might just sit. I find Him there quite often.
In the way a word from one book or an email will correlate, complement another.
I wait. I listen to His voice through His Spirit in me.
I sometimes find my eyes wet with tears, others I have to let sink in, the important true lessons for the progression of my faith.
I’m awakened and I’m humbled gently over changes I should make.
It’s a good space, my quiet spot.
I’m found here by Him.
Found and found again.
May you find Jesus this Christmas or may you return to one who’s looking for you, arms wide open saying, “Come back home.”
We are all “the one”.