Today, marks the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. It’s the beginning of what we call the Passion Week of Christ. The final week of his earthly sojourn as Jesus sets his face towards Jerusalem for the expressed purpose of facing the agony of the Cross to pay the penalty for our sins. It was time for Him fulfill His ultimate purpose in coming.
This week in our One-Year Daily Bible reading, we read three parables that Jesus told in one chapter that really describe His life mission (Luke 15). The stories of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, Lost or Prodigal Son point to the truth that Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost. Christ came for the expressed purpose of offering salvation to sinners and to demonstrate how the love of God was the motivation.
The Lost Sheep
It may seem foolish for a shepherd to leave ninety-nine sheep to go search for just one lost sheep that will be in danger. It speaks to the value of one and the extent that God will go to searching for one lost soul. The prophet Isaiah said: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every on to his own way.” God’s love for each individual is so great, that He seeks out each one and rejoices when he or she is found by Him. Before you were a believer in Jesus, God sought you out and His love is still seeking those who are yet lost. It’s agape love, the unconditional love of God that motivates Him to seek lost people. If you feel far from God, don’t despair. He is searching for you!
The Lost Coin
In the second scenario, a woman loses a coin that represents her livelihood. The parable of the lost coin speaks to the reality that each individual is precious to God. He grieves over every loss and rejoices whenever one of his children are found and brought into the kingdom of God. There is great rejoicing in heaven when one person, who is lost, comes to Christ. The church rejoices. People rejoice. Do you want to increase your joy level? Help Jesus in reaching people who are lost!
The Lost Son
In the parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin, the seeker is actively looking for the lost sheep and lost coin, which could not return by themselves. However, in the parable of the lost or prodigal son, the father watched and waited for his son to return because he was dealing with a human being with a will of his own. But God the Father, like the earthly dad, is ready to greet his son if he returned. In the same way, God’s love is constant, patient and welcoming. He will search for us and give us opportunities to respond, but He will not force us to come to Him. God waits patiently for us to come to Him.
As we begin this week that leads us through the final days of Jesus’ life on earth, may we realize Jesus is still reaching out to seek and to save those who are lost. There is no end to what He will do to reach them with His great love, mercy and message of forgiveness. We all have a role to play, being his hands and feet extended to reach out to others with the message of God’s love and forgiveness. So invite someone to join you for our Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday services. Pray that they might find what their soul is truly longing for and the One who is already seeking to save them.