God’s Joy over You

—Parables of the Lost Sheep and Coin: Luke 15:1–10

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Luke 15:1–10

  1. Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming to hear him.
  2. But the Pharisees and the experts in the law were complaining, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
  1. God is pure:

God is pure

  1. A Godly person will therefore want to keep themselves pure and holy
    • These people are disgusting and filthy (actually they were pretty bad)
  2. Someone who loves God will want to reflect his character and purity
    • God is too pure to even go near those disgusting people,
    • So we should not go near them, let alone eat with them

Luke 15: Lost sheep

  1. So Jesus told them this parable:
  2. Which one of you, if he has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, would not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go look for the one that is lost until he finds it?
  3. Then when he has found it, he places it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
  4. Returning home, he calls together his friends and neighbours, telling them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep that was lost.’

But notice “repent”

  1. I tell you, in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need to repent.

Luke 15: Lost coin

  1. Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search thoroughly until she finds it?
  2. Then when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbours, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’
  3. In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who repents.

Jesus reveals the Father

  1. You are very valuable to God!
  2. He has put, and will put, a lot of effort into you!
  3. You bring him great joy!

John Newton

Let’s go back to the question of God’s purity

Luke 5

  1. Jesus answered them, “Those who are well don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do.
  2. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

Mat 26:28 for this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, that is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

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